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Clinical Staff Roles in the Primary Care Team

  • Doctors
    • General Practitioners provide consultations in surgeries and through home visits.
    • GPs are not NHS staff. They are independent contractors to the NHS and provide their own premises and employ their own staff.
    • The doctors provide a wide range of family health services including:
      • diagnosis, advice and treatment of health problems
      • vaccinations and preventive medical interventions
      • management of long term health conditions
      • examinations and treatment
      • prescriptions for medication
      • referrals to other health services and social services
      • contraception advice and sexual health services
      • maternity care.
  • Practice Nurses
    • The Practice Nurses are responsible for basic nursing care such as dressings, ear syringing etc.
    • A very large amount of the practice nurses time is involved in the monitoring and management of chronic diseases. The practice nurses follow approved clinic protocols to monitor conditions such as ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive airways disease, asthma, diabetes and hypertension. They have regular educational updates in their fields of interest.
    • Practice nurses liaise with other members of the primary care team where necessary to ensure appropriate care is provided.
    • Practice nurses are available for guidance and monitoring of the health care assistants.
    • Practice nurses also provide preventive health care such as vaccinations, well person health checks and routine dietary advice, smoking advice and treatment.

  • Health Visitors
    • Health visitors are trained nurses who have specialised in their field.
    • All health visitors have an approved obstetric certificate and health visitor certificate.
    • They have a very broad role in the practice in including:
      • Post natal care
      • Child development screening
      • Case work – supporting risk patients/families
      • Health education
      • Vaccination advice
      • Family planning advice
      • Assistance with behavioural/emotional problems
      • Home safety
      • Liaison work with social services and other providers
  • Midwives
    • Community midwives are the primary provider of antenatal and postnatal care.
    • They are also responsible for overseeing home deliveries.
    • They are experts in maternity care but where necessary will refer patients on to their obstetrician or GP.
  • Healthcare Assistants
    • Healthcare assistants are not fully qualified nurses.
    • They are however trained in many of the basic nursing fields in order to free up the specialist practice and district nurses time.
    • Healthcare assistants are responsible for taking blood samples, measuring blood pressure, taking ECG’s(heart traces), obtaining weight/height readings etc.
    • They follow set guidelines and have specific advice about when to seek advice from the practice nurse or doctor.
  • District Nurses
    • The district nursing team supply similar services as Practice nurses to patients who are housebound temporarily or permanently.
    • District nurses specialise in dressings and in particular care for leg ulcers.
    • District nurses are often responsible for post operative or post discharge care after a patient is discharged from hospital.
    • District nurses are often heavily involved in care for terminally ill patients (in conjunction with the Macmillan nurses).
  • Physiotherapy
    • Physiotherapists help and treat people of all ages with physical problems caused by illness, accident or ageing.
    • Physiotherapy helps people to improve their range of movement in order to promote health and well-being. This can help people to live more independently.
    • Physiotherapy involves a range of treatments, including manipulation, massage and exercise.
    • Physiotherapy techniques can improve your ability to use parts of the body that are affected by disease or injury. For example, arthritis is a long-term condition that causes painful and stiff joints. Physiotherapy can help to keep the joints mobile and strengthen the surrounding muscles.

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