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Practice Nurse – Launceston Medical Centre

Hours: Minimum 16 Hours / week
Salary: TBC Dependent on Experience
Closing date: 12/04/2024


Launceston Medical Centre has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Practice Nurse to become part of our amazing team. We are a busy, committed team working together in a recently extended and refurbished Practice in Launceston, close to the beautiful beaches of the north coast of Cornwall and surrounded by moorland countryside.
The successful candidate will work within the support team to the GPs, already comprising of a Nurse Practitioner, Minor Illness Nurse and 6 Paramedics, in addition to our Nurses and HCAs. We have 6 Partners and 8 Salaried GPs (including remote GPs) with very experienced Management, IT, Reception, and Administration support. Additional allied professionals who work within our team are our Clinical Psychologists, Pharmacist, Physiotherapists and Social Prescriber. We are also proud to be a training practice.

The work ethic at Launceston Medical Centre is that we place people first in everything we do. We run our own Primary Care Network together with our neighbourhood Practice, Tamar Valley Health, and we use our resources for the benefit of the whole community inclusively. We recognise and accept our responsibility in playing our part in making our community healthier and happier.

The benefits of working within our team are that we value each person as an individual and respect their aspirations. We are honest, open, trustworthy, and supportive and encourage our team to improve and advance their skill base. We also benefit from living and working in one of the most beautiful parts of the country!
The ideal candidate will be able to provide the full range of General Practice Nursing care.

The post holder is responsible for the delivery of General Practice Nursing to the whole Practice population (around 19,000 patients), to provide and maintain a high standard of nursing care for patients, as well as supporting the doctors and other members of the primary healthcare team.
The focus of this role is both the delivery of evidence-based practice for patients presenting with a long-term condition and the provision of preventative health care to the patients.
As an autonomous practitioner, the Practice Nurse is responsible for the care delivered, demonstrating critical thinking and skills in clinical decision making in the management of patients. They will work collaboratively within the Practice team to meet the needs of the patients, support the delivery of policy and procedures.

This role will specifically involve care of patients with diabetes and hypertension.

Key responsibilities
Assist in and perform routine tasks related to patient care as directed by senior staff and GPs
Cervical Cytology
Wound care / ulcer care / Doppler
Removal of sutures
New Patient Medicals / Urinalysis
Travel Vaccinations
Chronic Disease Management including Diabetic and hypertension.
Routine Immunisations / childhood immunisations.
Chaperoning and assisting patients where appropriate who are being examined by another clinician.
Assisting GPs with Minor Surgery and coil fittings.
Requesting pathology requests, for urine culture and swabs.
Interest in contraception.
Following agreed clinical protocols with referral to senior nurses or GPs as appropriate.

Other tasks will include (but not limited to):
Maintaining and cleaning equipment.
Maintaining nurses tooms, stocking and rotating items as required
Chaperoning and assisting patients who are being examined by another clinician.
Maintain general tidiness and cleanliness of nurses and treatment rooms.
Ordering stock inc. ordering of vaccinations to maintain stock levels.
Participation of administrative systems in the practice
Maintaining accurate records at all times

Attend and participate in any practice meetings when required.

Job Description:
Assess, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate treatment programmes that promote health and well-being.

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual treatment plans for patients with a known long-term condition.

Proactively identify, diagnose, and manage treatment plans for patients at risk of developing a long-term condition as appropriate.

Work with other health care professionals to diagnose, monitor, manage and treat long-term conditions, including non-drug-based treatment methods using a management plan, and in line with national and local policies and practice needs.

Review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice and national and practice protocols.

Work with patients in order to support adherence to prescribed treatments.

Provide information and advice on prescribed or over-the-counter medication on medication regimens, side-effects, and interactions.

Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations, including initiation of effective emergency care.

Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that promote patients to live healthily and apply principles of self-care.

Recognise, assess, and refer patients presenting with mental health needs in accordance with the NSF for Mental Health

Implement and participate in vaccination and immunisation programmes for both adults and children.

Advise, support and administer vaccinations where appropriate for patients travelling abroad.

Promote and deliver evidence-based care for patients presenting with aural conditions.

Meet the needs of patients presenting for opportunistic wound care.

To apply for this job please contact:

Beth Aston (HR Administrator)

Launceston Medical Centre

(01566) 772131