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Lead Practice Nurse – Wadebridge and Camel Estuary Practice

Hours: We ideally want someone to work 30 hours over 4 days to include extended hours on a Wednesday evening
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Closing date: 31/07/2024


We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced lead practice nurse to join our friendly and supportive team.

We are a semi-rural dispensing practice situated in North Cornwall providing care to approximately 7800 patients. We offer training opportunities to ensure continued development of our staff and are open to new ideas to help provide excellence in our work.

The lead practice nurse will be responsible for the management of the practice nursing team, consisting of nurses, HCAs and phlebotomists. Working as part of the practice multidisciplinary team, the post holder will ensure nursing services are delivered effectively to the entitled patient population and will undertake all aspects of the practice nurse role including cervical screening, baby immunisations and chronic disease management, in particular diabetes. The lead practice nurse will be responsible for a number of clinical areas such as infection prevention and control, health prevention, chronic disease management, health promotion, as well as supporting the practice management team in the reviewing and delivery of clinical policy and procedure.


Key Responsibilites

To act as the Infection Prevention Control (IPC) lead and to work to the IPC Policy providing audits, training, support and evidence of compliance to the practice manager

To produce the IPC annual statement in conjunction with the practice manager

To develop, implement and embed an effective care management programme for the frail and housebound patients registered at the practice

To assess the needs of patients ensuring the provision of healthcare is appropriate, incorporating evidence-based practice

To develop, implement and embed health promotion and wellbeing programmes

To implement and evaluate individual treatment plans for chronic disease patients that promote health and wellbeing

To identify, manage and support patients at risk of developing long-term conditions, preventing adverse effects to patients’ health

As required, to provide routine nursing care to patients in accordance with clinical based evidence, NICE and the NSF

As required, to diagnose and manage acute and chronic conditions

To prescribe medication for patients in accordance with PGDs and own scope of practice

To review patient medications to enhance compliance

To provide guidance to patients on the use of prescribed and over-the-counter medications regarding side effects and dosages

To co-ordinate the provision of travel medicine services

To request pathology services and process pathology results as required

To oversee the provision of chronic disease clinics, delivering patient care as necessary, referring patients to secondary/specialist care as required

To maintain accurate clinical records in conjunction with extant legislation

To ensure SNOMED codes are used effectively by all members of the nursing team

To ensure the appropriate maintenance and use of chronic disease registers

To participate in well woman clinics

To ensure compliance with the practice chaperone policy

To assist GPs with minor surgery when required

To prioritise health issues and intervene appropriately

To support the team in dealing with clinical emergencies

To recognise, assess and refer patients presenting with mental health needs

To implement vaccination programmes for adults and children

To support patients in the use of their prescribed medicines or over-the-counter medicines (within own scope of practice)

To liaise with external services/agencies to ensure the patient is supported appropriately (vulnerable patients etc.)

To delegate clinical responsibilities appropriately (ensuring safe practice and the task is within the scope of practice of the individual)

To support the clinical team with all safeguarding matters, in accordance with local and national policies

To understand practice and local policies for substance abuse and addictive behaviour, referring patients appropriately

To deliver opportunistic health promotion where appropriate

To apply for this job please contact:

Nicky Brenton (Practice Manager)

Wadebridge and Camel Estuary Practice