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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)

£28,000 Starter


£50,000 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 Practice nurse

You can get into this job by applying directly.

Direct Application

To apply directly to work in general practice, you need to be a qualified and registered adult, child, mental health or learning disability nurse.

When applying for jobs, it might give you an advantage if you have experience in:

  • chronic disease management, like diabetes or asthma
  • child immunisations
  • cervical screenings
  • taking blood samples

You might need to do the Specialist Practitioner - General Practice Nursing course. This is an approved programme by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Return to nursing

If you've been out of nursing for a while, you could do a return to general practice nursing course. 

You do not need previous general practice experience. You can do work placements in the community to help you move into a general practice nurse role.

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Further information

You can find out more about how to become 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

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • run clinics for conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart problems and skin disorders
  • apply dressings, treat wounds and take samples of blood and urine
  • give advice on family planning, contraception, blood pressure and stopping smoking
  • carry out infant injections, vaccinations and travel immunisations
  • help patients to manage long term conditions

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

With experience you could:

  • specialise in health promotion, chronic disease management, diabetes or asthma care
  • do a further qualification to work as a nurse practitioner and manage your own caseload of patients
  • train to become a specialist community practitioner, providing advanced care while leading a team
  • move into service management, teaching or research

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Access To Nursing

  • Provider: On Course South West
  • Start date: 21 September 2024
  • Location: E-assessor

Access to HE - Nursing

  • Provider: Harrow, Richmond & Uxbridge Colleges (HRUC)
  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Harrow

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