Nurse Practitioners are a senior type of practice nurse, who assist on all levels of patient care, usually within a GP surgery. They will often lead the Nursing team within a given practice. They are a GPs first point of call in many cases for assistance, and can help to ease the workload on GPs and Registrars at extremely busy times. 

What does a Nurse Practitioner do?

  • Patient consultations
  • Prescribe medication
  • Examine patients
  • Diagnose illnesses
  • Provide treatment 
  • Referrals for specialized care

While NPs still have more authority than RNs, they must have a medical doctor sign on certain patient care decisions.

Entry Requirements:

  • BSN (Bachelor’s in Nursing Science degree) 
  • MSN (Master of science in nursing)
  • Become a part of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) - to do this you must first obtain a degree in pre-registration nursing (also known as BSN – Bachelor’s in Nursing Science degree). 


  • Once you have completed your training and become a member of the Nursing & Midwifery Council, you can start working as a Practice Nurse 
  • With the right experience as a Practice Nurse, you will then need to study another degree to become a fully qualified Nurse Practitioner, equipping you with the additional skills required (assessment of physical conditions, diagnosis, prescribing) to become a Nurse Practitioner.