Practice Nurse Recruitment

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Lead Practice Nurse

County Surgery is a friendly EMIS WEB practice in Abington, A small team serving 4100 patients of Northampton. We are looking to recruit a Part-time Practice Nurse to join and expand our existing enthusiastic nursing team.

The candidate will be offered between 15-24 hours with the hours needing to be discussed at interview stage.

The salary will be dependent upon skills and abilities.

Please see Job Description and person specification below which outlines our requirements for the role.

A tunic will be provided but you will be required to supply your own smart trousers in either black or navy and suitable black or brown shoes.  Shoulder length hair should be tied back at all times whilst on duty.

Please complete CV, skills list of your abilities and a letter explaining your ability to work under the specific requirements and person specification bring to County Surgery

Following your application, County Surgery may be in touch for further information, please ensure you include a reply email address and monitor your emails regularly.

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Job Summary:

Working as part of the practice multidisciplinary team, the post holder will ensure nursing services are delivered effectively to the entitled patient population. The lead practice nurse will be responsible for a number of clinical areas such as health promotion, chronic disease management, health prevention, well women and well man clinics, as well as supporting the practice management team in the reviewing and delivery of clinical policy and procedure.

Mission Statement

Generic Responsibilities

All staff at County Surgery have a duty to conform to the following:

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

A good attitude and positive action towards ED&I creates and environment where all individuals are able to achieve their full potential. Creating such an environment is important for three reasons: it improves operational effectiveness, it is morally the right thing to do, and it is required by law.

Patients and their families have the right to be treated fairly and be routinely involved in decisions about their treatment and care. They can expect to be treated with dignity and respect and will not be discriminated against on any grounds including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Patients have a responsibility to treat other patients and our staff with dignity and respect.

Staff have the right to be treated fairly in recruitment and career progression. Staff can expect to work in an environment where diversity is valued and equality of opportunity is promoted. Staff will not be discriminated against on any grounds including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Staff have a responsibility to ensure that you treat our patients and their colleagues with dignity and respect.

Safety, Health, Environment and Fire (SHEF)

This practice is committed to supporting and promoting opportunities to for staff to maintain their health, well-being and safety. You have a duty to take reasonable care of health and safety at work for you, your team and others, and to cooperate with employers to ensure compliance with health and safety requirements. All personnel are to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Environmental Protection Act 1990, Environment Act 1995, Fire Precautions (workplace) Regulations 1999 and other statutory legislation.


This practice is committed to maintaining an outstanding confidential service. Patients entrust and permit us to collect and retain sensitive information relating to their health and other matters, pertaining to their care. They do so in confidence and have a right to expect all staff will respect their privacy and maintain confidentiality at all times. It is essential that if, the legal requirements are to be met and the trust of our patients is to be retained that all staff protect patient information and provide a confidential service.

Quality & Continuous Improvement (CI)

To preserve and improve the quality of our output, all personnel are required to think not only of what they do, but how they achieve it. By continually re-examining our processes, we will be able to develop and improve the overall effectiveness of the way we work. The responsibility for this rests with everyone working within the practice to look for opportunities to improve quality and share good practice.

This practice continually strives to improve work processes which deliver health care with improved results across all areas of our service provision. We promote a culture of continuous improvement, where everyone counts and staff are permitted to make suggestions and contributions to improve our service delivery and enhance patient care.

Induction Training

On arrival at the practice all personnel are to complete a practice induction programme; this is managed by the Practice Manager.

Learning and Development

The effective use of training and development is fundamental in ensuring that all staff are equipped with the appropriate skills, knowledge, attitude and competences to perform their role. All staff will be required to partake and complete mandatory training as directed by the training coordinator, as well as participating in the practice training programme.  Staff will also be permitted (subject to approval) to undertake external training courses which will enhance their knowledge and skills, progress their career and ultimately, enable them to improve processes and service delivery.

Collaborative Working

All staff are to recognise the significance of collaborative working. Teamwork is essential in multidisciplinary environments. Effective communication is essential and all staff must ensure they communicate in a manner which enables the sharing of information in an appropriate manner.

Service Delivery

Staff at County Surgery must adhere to the information contained with practice policies and regional directives, ensuring protocols are adhered to at all times. Staff will be given detailed information during the induction process regarding policy and procedure.  


The security of the practice is the responsibility of all personnel. Staff must ensure they remain vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activity immediately to their line manager. Under no circumstances are staff to share the codes for the door locks to anyone and are to ensure that restricted areas remain effectively secured.

Professional Conduct

At County Surgery, staff are required to dress appropriately for their role. Administrative staff will be provided with a uniform whilst clinical staff must dress in accordance with their role.


Your holiday year begins on 1st April and ends on 31st March each year, during which you will receive a paid holiday entitlement of 5.6 working weeks (subject to a maximum of 28 days) inclusive of public/bank holidays.

 Primary Responsibilities

The following are the core responsibilities of the practice nurse.  There may be on occasion, a requirement to carry out other tasks; this will be dependent upon factors such as workload and staffing levels:

a.     Develop, implement and embed health promotion and well-being programmes

b.     Implement and evaluate individual treatment plans for chronic disease patients, which promote health and well being

c.      Identify, manage and support patients as risk of developing long-term conditions, preventing adverse effects on the patient’s health

d.     Provide routine nursing care to patients as required in accordance with clinical based evidence, NICE and the NSF

e.     Diagnose and manage acute and chronic conditions

f.       Prescribe medication for patients in accordance with PGDs and own scope of practice

g.     Provide guidance to patients in the use of prescribed and over-the-counter medications on side effects and dosages

h.     Oversee the provision of wound care services to patients

i.       Request pathology services as necessary

j.       Process pathology results as required

k.      Oversee the provision of chronic disease clinics, delivering patient care as necessary, referring patients to secondary / specialist care as required

l.       Maintain accurate clinical records in conjunction with extant legislation

m.    Ensure read codes are used effectively by all members of the nursing team

n.     Ensure the appropriate maintenance and use of chronic disease registers

o.     Develop, implement, embed and participate in well woman clinics

p.     Develop, implement, embed and participate in well man clinics

q.     Chaperone patients where necessary

r.       Assist GPs with minor surgery when required

s.      Prioritise health issues and intervene appropriately

t.       Support the team in dealing with clinical emergencies

u.     Recognise, assess and refer patients presenting with mental health needs

v.      Implement vaccination programmes for adults and children

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

x.      Delegate clinical responsibilities appropriately (ensuring safe practice and the task is within the scope of practice of the individual)

y.      Support the clinical team with all safeguarding matters, in accordance with local and national policies

z.      Understand practice and local policies for substance abuse and addictive behaviour, referring patients appropriately

aa. Deliver opportunistic health promotion where appropriate

Secondary Responsibilities


In addition to the primary responsibilities, the lead practice nurse may be requested to:

a.     Develop and review Audit protocols and process for the practice, effectively utilising the Audit cycle

b.     Develop, review and implement nursing protocols in conjunction with the partners

c.      Support all members of the nursing team, providing guidance when necessary, conducting appraisals and training needs analyses as required

d.     Participate in local initiatives to enhance service delivery and patient care

e.     Support and participate in shared learning within the practice

f.       Continually review clinical practices, responding to national policies and initiatives where appropriate

g.     Participate in the review of significant and near-miss events applying a structured approach i.e. root cause analysis (RCA)

h.     Coordinate the nursing team rota, ensuring sufficient staff are available to meet patient needs

i.       Lead the planning and implementation of changes within the nursing team, enhancing the provision of services to patients

j.       Support the practice team with the reviewing and implementation of practice policies and protocols, ensuring conformance to extant legislation

Person Specification – Lead Practice Nurse





Registered Nurse



Post graduate diploma or degree (Chronic Disease Management)



Nurse Prescriber






Experience of working in a primary care environment



Experience of leading a nursing team in a primary care environment



Experience of working as a practice nurse or community nurse



Experience of chronic disease management



Experience of working autonomously



Clinical Knowledge & Skills



Wound Care / Removal of sutures & staples









New patient medicals



Chaperone procedure



Requesting pathology tests and processing the results, advising patients accordingly



Travel medicine


















Immunisations (routine, childhood and travel)



Women’s health (Cervical cytology, contraception, etc.)



Understands the importance of evidence based practice



Broad knowledge of clinical governance



Ability to record accurate clinical notes



Ability to work within own scope of practice and understanding when to refer to GPs



Knowledge of public health issues in the local area



Awareness of issues within the wider health arena



Knowledge of health promotion strategies



Understands the requirement for PGDs and associated policy






Excellent communication skills (written and oral)



Strong IT skills



Clear, polite telephone manner



Competent in the use of Office and Outlook



EMIS / Systmone / Vision user skills



Effective time management (Planning & Organising)



Ability to work as a team member and autonomously



Good interpersonal skills



Problem solving & analytical skills



Ability to follow clinical policy and procedure



Experience with Audit and able to lead Audit programmes



Experience with clinical risk management



Personal Qualities



Polite and confident



Flexible and cooperative



Motivated, forward thinker



Problem solver with the ability to process information accurately and effectively, interpreting data as required



High levels of integrity and loyalty



Sensitive and empathetic in distressing situations



Ability to work under pressure / in stressful situations



Effectively able to communicate and understand the needs of the patient



Commitment to ongoing professional development



Effectively utilises resources



Punctual and committed to supporting the team effort



Other requirements



Flexibility to work outside of core office hours



Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check



Occupational Health Clearance



Meet the requirements and produce evidence for nurse revalidation.



Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) commensurate with the role of a lead practice nurse



This information may be amended following consultation with the post holder, to facilitate the development of the role, the practice and the individual. All personnel should be prepared to accept additional, or surrender existing duties, to enable the efficient running of the practice.

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