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Practice nurse

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Practice nurses work in GP surgeries to assess, screen, treat and educate patients, and help doctors give medical care.

Average salary (a year)

£24,907 Starter


£44,503 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become

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How to become a practice nurse

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly

Direct Application

You must be a qualified and registered adult, child, mental health or learning disability nurse to work in general practice.

You may have an advantage when applying for jobs if you've got experience in:

  • chronic disease management, like diabetes or asthma
  • childhood immunisation
  • cervical cytology
  • phlebotomy - taking blood

Some employers may also ask that you've completed a Specialist Practitioner - General Practice Nursing course, approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

If you've been out of nursing for a while you could do a Return to general practice nursing course. You don't need previous general practice experience, as you can do placements in the community to help you move into general practice roles.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a practice nurse from Health Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • set up and run clinics for conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart problems and skin disorders
  • offer advice on family planning and contraception
  • take blood and urine samples and other specimens and swabs
  • perform routine procedures like ear syringing, applying and removing dressings and treating wounds
  • offer specialist information and advice on blood pressure, weight control and stopping smoking
  • carry out infant injections, vaccinations and travel immunisations
  • give advice to patients on long-term medical and nursing needs

Working environment

You could work at a GP practice.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could specialise in health promotion, chronic disease management, diabetes or asthma care.

With experience and qualifications you could become a nurse practitioner, managing your own caseload of patients.

You could also move into management, teaching or research.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

OCN L3 Access to HE Dip: Nursing (Fastrack) (ADACNRF)

  • Start date: 28 November 2022
  • Location: Erith

Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma: Nursing

  • Start date: 12 September 2023
  • Location: LONDON

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