The nurses are a critical part of the clinical team. All our nurses are fully qualified and registered in the UK and act in their own right as professionals, in accordance with the expectations of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
As well as running clinics in their own right they act as contact point for patients who need to discuss clinical issues. The work they undertake is essential to the smooth running of the Practice, and their clinical skills are appreciated by doctors and patients alike.
All our clinical staff are fully trained, kept up-to-date, and are annually appraised in keeping with our Clinical Governance protocols.
Our specialist nurses are nurse-prescribers as well as having valuable general skills. They run services such as contraception clinics, and chronic-disease management clinics — for diabetes, heart disease, COPD and asthma, for example.
Their monitoring of chronic illness helps to keep people well.
Primary Care Nurses
Their role is to facilitate liaison between patients and doctors outside pre-booked appointment sessions. The PCNs clinical skills allow them to judge the need for urgent intervention allowing the clinical team to work with efficiency.
In addition they run their own clinics, assist with triage, and arrange urgent investigations or treatment.
As well as other duties, the research nurses collate and administer the research that the Practice undertakes. This work is an essential strand in the understanding of medicines’ effects and how to use them safely and efficiently.
Several different ethically-approved studies are usually underway: typically they are commissioned as part of a much larger investigations run by pharmaceutical companies, the Wessex Research Network, or by UK Universities.