Here you can find information and resources for Practice Nurses and Health Care Assistants
Advice for student/newly qualified nurses entering General Practice
In the table below, you can find advice on how to apply for jobs in general practice or make the move to general practice from a different care setting.
You can also find guidance on making the transition to practice nursing here.
Shadowing a Practice Nurse
If you are a Registered Nurse interested in shadowing a Practice Nurse for a session, or if you are already a Practice Nurse and you are happy to have someone shadow you for a session, please contact email@example.com.
You can find an evaluation form to be completed and returned on completion of a shadowing session in the table below.
Please follow the link for Shared Learning , a page containing useful information from shared learning sessions for Practice Nurses.
Primary Care Nursing Conference 21 November 2018
Please follow the link for the handouts and resources from the Primary Care Nursing Conference 21 November 2018.
The role of a Practice Nurse
Portfolio Nursing Careers
You can find a very useful guide to clinical supervision on the CQC website. It’s really worth a read to appreciate how easy it is to organise clinical supervision at practice level and that it does not have to be thought of as such a formal process. It also really helps to keep the conversations discussed in supervision as reflections for Revalidation.
In short there are 4 different models of Clinical Supervision
- One-to-one supervision between a supervisor and supervisee
- Group supervision in which two or more practitioners discuss their work with a supervisor
- Peer or co-supervision where practitioners discuss work with each other, with the role of supervisor being shared or with no individual member of staff acting as a formal supervisor
- A combination or the above
Cancer Diagnosis Study
Researchers are seeking primary care nurses to take part in a telephone interview study exploring their role in helping to diagnose cancer earlier.
Researchers at the University of Surrey are looking to recruit nursing professionals, working at general practices across England, to take part in a telephone interview study. This study is being conducted to understand the views of nurses on their role in helping to diagnosis cancer earlier within primary care, and the barriers and facilitators to optimising their role. It is hoped that this study will lead to recommendations targeted at facilitating nurses to help diagnose cancer at an earlier stage, when the disease is more easily treated.
Interviews will be conducted over the telephone at a time that suits the participant. All interviews will take place between January and March 2019, and will last approximately 30 minutes.
If you are a nursing professional working at a general practice, and are interested in taking part, please follow the link for more information on how to register.
If you have any question about the research, please feel free to contact Hanna Skrobanski (PhD Student) directly by telephone (01483 684679), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Care Quality Commission (CQC) Information for General Practice
CQC information for general practice can be found on the CQC website.
Accountability and Delegation: A Guide for the Nursing Team
Please follow the link for a Royal College of Nursing guide to Accountability and Delegation
Practice Nurse Competencies
The Maximising General Practice Nursing Service Contribution document can be found in the table below.
Practice Nurse Competencies
The RCGP Practice Nurse Competencies document can be found in the table below.
Health Care Assistant Competencies Framework
The full Competencies Framework for Health Care Assistants is being updated and will be added to this page shortly.
Practice Nurse Forum
Please check the Practice Nurse Forum page for more information
Health Care Assistants' Forum
Please check the Health Care Assistants' Forum page for more information.
Patient Group Directions
Diabetic Foot Care E-learning
Please see the table below for resources on Diabetic Foot Care training available via e-Learning for Health to Practice Nurses and HCAs.
NHS Health Checks
Please follow the link for information for clinicians on delivering the NHS Health Check Locally Comissioned Service. The Service Specification for NHS Health Checks can be found on the Locally Commissioned Services page.
Please check out the Immunisation page for information on Influenza Vaccinations, Vaccine Updates, and other information.
Immunisation Information for Healthcare Assistants (HCAs)
Please follow the link for National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training for HCAs
You may also find the Royal College of Nursing's documents on Health Care Support Workers and Immunisation helpful.
Updates to the formulary and guidelines for prescribing of Oral Nutritional Supplements
The oral nutritional supplements (ONS) available on prescription have been updated in the formulary.
1st line standard ONS are: Foodlink Complete (385kcal + 18g protein) and Aymes Shake (390kcal + 16g protein). These are powder supplements that should be made up with 200ml full fat milk.
New powder products have been added to the GREEN section of the formulary, for patients for whom the standard ONS are not suitable
(nb: Powder shakes should not be prescribed for patients who are fed via gastrostomy tube ie: PEG, RIG, or NG, NJ etc):
- Aymes Shake Smoothie (lactose and dairy free)
- To be used in place of: Fortijuce
- Aymes Savoury: (Savoury)
- To be used in place of: Ensure Plus Savoury
- Aymes Shake Compact: (Low volume)
- To be used in place of: Fortisip Compact
- Foodlink Complete with Fibre: (Contains fibre)
- To be used in place of: Fortisip Compact Fibre
2nd line ONS are ready-to-drink bottles: for patients who cannot make up the powder products (or do not have carers who could do so)
Fortisip Bottle (300kcal, 12g protein)
Ensure Plus (330kcal, 13g protein)
Ensure Plus Savoury (300kcal, 13g protein)
All other ONS are BLUE on the formulary and should only be prescribed by GPs following a specialist recommendation from a dietitian. Dietitians should include a clinical rationale for their choice of ONS as part of their prescription request letter.
For help with prescribing choices:
- Joint Formulary: https://www.gp.brightonandhoveccg.nhs.uk/file/5151
- Oral Nutrition Support guidelines: https://www.gp.brightonandhoveccg.nhs.uk/file/7951
- Quick Guide to Adult ONS Prescribing for Malnutrition: https://www.gp.brightonandhoveccg.nhs.uk/file/16411
- Further support for patients in care homes: Nutrition and Hydration Resource Pack for Care Homes: https://www.gp.brightonandhoveccg.nhs.uk/file/760
For any queries, please contact Emily Rose, Lead Dietitian Primary Care: email@example.com
CCG Practice Nurse Locality Leads
Your Practice Nurse Leads at Brighton and Hove CCG are:
Please click the links to contact them.
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