General Practice Nurses work in a GP surgery as part of a primary healthcare team; which typically includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and dietitians. General Practice Nurses are an important part of the General Practice team, delivering care, treatment and health promotion work, across the whole lifespan of the patient, from infancy to elder years. 

What does a General Practice Nurse do?

  • Assess and/or treat minor illnesses and small injuries
  • Help patients to manage their long term conditions such as asthma and diabetes
  • Support patients’ mental health and wellbeing
  • Promote health and self-care e.g. smoking cessation or dietary advice
  • Deliver health screening e.g. cervical cytology
  • Deliver vaccination programmes, including vaccines required for travel abroad
  • Provide contraception and sexual health advice
  • Assist with minor operations done under local anaesthetic

Entry Requirements

  • Nurse Registration on Part 1 of the Nursing & Midwifery Council Register
  • Previous relevant experience and/or transferable skills and a commitment to further learning and preceptorship.

Further Career Opportunities

General Practice Nursing is an exciting and rewarding career. General Practice Nurses can develop in a number of directions, such as:

  • Senior or Clinical Specialist General Practice Nurse
  • General Practice Nurse Supervisor and Assessor
  • General Practice Nurse Educator
  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner (including Independent Prescribing)