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JOB DESCRIPTION PRACTICE NURSE
JOB TITLE: PRACTICE NURSE

REPORTS TO: ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER (Clinically)

HOURS: 32 hours per week

Job Summary
To provide and maintain a high standard of nursing care for patients, as well as providing nursing assistance to the doctors and other members of the primary healthcare team.

Job Responsibilities
Assist in and perform routine tasks related to patient care as directed by senior nursing staff and GPs. Such tasks may include:

  • Basic wound care / ulcer care
  • Removal of sutures
  • New patient medicals
  • Urinalysis
  • ECGs
  • Peak flow readings
  • Blood pressure measurements
  • Ear syringing
  • Routine immunisations
  • Management of Long term conditions such as Asthma, Diabetes and Chronic Heart Disease
  • Chaperoning and assisting patients where appropriate who are being examined by another clinician
  • Requesting basic pathology tests, for example urine culture, swabs
  • Following agreed clinical protocols with referral to senior nurses or GPs as appropriate

Other tasks including:

  • Maintaining and cleaning equipment used by the nurses and GPs (Liaising with HCAs)
  • Maintaining stock and rotating items as required (liaising with HCAs)
  • Undertake housekeeping duties including, general tidiness and cleanliness of nurses and treatment rooms
  • Liaise with the Nursing team regarding ordering of Health Promotion Literature
  • Liaise with Nursing team regarding ordering of stock
  • Ordering of vaccinations to maintain stock levels
  • Participation in administrative systems in the practice
  • At all times there will be a need to maintain accurate records
  • A duty to advise colleagues and/or management of potential problems or errors within the range of assigned tasks
  • Attend and participate in any practice meetings when required.
  • On occasion there may be a requirement to undertake home visits

Any other delegated duties appropriate to the post.

Special Requirements of the Post

  • An understanding, acceptance and adherence to the need for strict confidentiality
  • Ability to use own judgment, resourcefulness and common sense
  • A commitment to maintain a high professional standard of nursing care and keep up to date with all aspects of nursing care relevant to the post
  • A commitment to ensure all Health and Safety requirements and Infection Control measures are met and to report any problems to the practice manager
  • A commitment to the effective use of practice and NHS resources
  • An awareness of own limitations and experience
  • To work only in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct and within the scope of professional practice
  • To have a written professional development plan and to maintain an up to date portfolio which meets the requirements of registration with the NMC
  • Cooperate with annual appraisal meetings
  • Registration with the NMC & RCN
  • To be able to work within a team both clinical and non-clinical, to appreciate differences in knowledge and skills and to be able to communicate effectively across the teams.

Confidentiality

  • In the course of seeking treatment, patients entrust us with, or allow us to gather, sensitive information in relation to their health and other matters. They do so in confidence and have the right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act appropriately
  • In the performance of the duties outlined in this job description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, practice staff and other healthcare workers. They may also have access to information relating to the practice as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential
  • Information relating to patients, carers, colleagues, other healthcare workers or the business of the practice may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with the practice policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and the protection of personal and sensitive data

Health & safety

The post-holder will implement and lead on a full range of promotion and management their own and others health and safety and infection control as defined in the practice Health & Safety policy, the practice Health & Safety manual, and the practice Infection Control policy and published procedures. This will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Using personal security systems within the workplace according to practice guidelines
  • Awareness of national standards of infection control and cleanliness and regulatory / contractual / professional requirements, and good practice guidelines
  • Responsible for the correct and safe management of the specimens process including collection, labelling, handling, use of correct and clean containers, storage and transport arrangements
  • Management and maintenance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the practice including provision, ordering, availability and ongoing correct usage by staff
  • Identifying the risks involved in work activities and undertaking such activities in a way that manages those risks across clinical and patient process
  • Making effective use of training to update knowledge and skills
  • Monitoring practice facilities and equipment in relation to infection control, ensuring that provision of hand cleansing facilities, wipes etc are sufficient to ensure a good clinical working environment. Lack of facilities to be escalated as appropriate.
  • Safe management of sharps procedures including training, use, storage and disposal
  • Using appropriate infection control procedures, maintaining work areas in a tidy, clean and sterile, and safe way, free from hazards. Initiation of remedial / corrective action where needed or escalation to responsible management
  • Actively identifying, reporting, and correction of health and safety hazards and infection hazards immediately when recognised
  • Keeping own work areas and general / patient areas generally clean, sterile, identifying issues and hazards / risks in relation to other work areas within the business, and assuming responsibility in the maintenance of general standards of cleanliness across the business in consultation (where appropriate) with other sector managers
  • Waste management including collection, handling, segregation, container management, storage and collection
  • Spillage control procedures, management and training
  • Maintenance of sterile environments
  • Demonstrate due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Equality and Diversity

The post-holder will support the equality, diversity and rights of patients, carers and colleagues, to include:

  • Acting in a way that recognises the importance of peoples rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with practice procedures and policies, and current legislation
  • Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues
  • Behaving in a manner which is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights.

Personal/Professional development

The post-holder will participate in any training programme implemented by the practice as part of this employment, such training to include:

  • Participation in an annual individual performance review, including taking responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal and/or professional development
  • Taking responsibility for own development, learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others who are undertaking similar work

Quality

The post-holder will strive to maintain quality within the practice, and will:

  • Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk
  • Assess own performance and take accountability for own actions, either directly or under supervision
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team activities and making suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the teams performance
  • Work effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patients needs
  • Effectively manage own time, workload and resources

Communication

The post-holder should recognize the importance of effective communication within the team and will strive to:

  • Communicate effectively with other team members
  • Communicate effectively with patients and carers
  • Recognise peoples needs for alternative methods of communication and respond accordingly

Contribution to the implementation of services

The post-holder will:

  • Apply practice policies, standards and guidance
  • Discuss with other members of the team how the policies, standards and guidelines will affect own work
  • Participate in audit where appropriate

Person Specification
Qualifications

Essential

  • RCN Qualified

Desirable

  • Cytology
  • Immunisation
  • Diabetes
  • Wound Care
  • Asthma
  • Womens Health

Experience
Essential

  • Experience of working in a Nursing Team

Desirable

  • Experience of Primary Care
  • Experience of working in a GP Practice

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions

 

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