Senior General Practice Nurse

SENIOR GENERAL PRACTICE NURSE ROLE

The Senior General Practice Nurse works as a member of the General Practice Team and may lead the Nursing Team. They are responsible for the development, co-ordination and provision of nurse led clinics, including supporting the General Practice Nurse. They prescribe care and treatment for patients and/or appropriately refer on. The Senior General Practice Nurse contributes to the education and development of the General Practice Nursing Team and leads on quality improvement activities, research and audit. Listen to the two Senior General Practice Nurses describing their role by clicking on their names.

All the core competencies relevant to the General Practice Nurse role will  apply to the Senior General Practice Nurse along with these additional competencies for clinical practice, which are core to the Senior role. These core competencies have been developed with reference to the Queen’s Nursing Institute competencies for Senior General Practice Nurses.

Dorothy Cairns, Senior General Practice Nurse

Margaret Kerr, Senior General Practice Nurse

View the Competencies View the Job Description View the Education Requirements

CORE COMPETENCY DOMAINS:   


  • CLINICAL PRACTICE

    The Senior General Practice Nurse is responsible for the provision of aspects of care, such as minor illnesses, acute and longer term health problems, preventive health care and support for behaviour change. The Senior General Practice Nurse role will need to adapt to a range of models of care provision. S/he has a vital public health role which supports primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. This enables people to make health choices which maximises self-care and promotes independence and health and wellbeing at home. The Senior General Practice Nurse also needs to understand population health and be familiar with the resources available to empower her/his local community.

  • EDUCATION AND LEARNING

    The Senior General Practice Nurse role is complex and aspects of practice include leading and contributing to the learning, teaching and assessment of the General Practice Nursing Team. The Senior General Practice Nurse is responsible for developing and maintaining a creative learning environment using effective coaching and teaching skills.

  • RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

    The Senior General Practice Nurse is responsible for ensuring the General Practice Nursing Team applies an evidence-based approach to practice and uses up-to-date research as applicable.

  • LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

    The Senior General Practice Nurse provides professional and organisational leadership to the General Practice Nursing Team. S/he will articulate the unique contribution and value of the General Practice Nursing team to both the business objectives of the Practice and to improved health outcomes for patients.