Meet your General Practice Team

Primary care services across the country provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system, acting as the ‘front door’ of the NHS. Primary care includes general practice, community pharmacy, dental, and optometry (eye health) services.

As part of General Practice, there are people working in a number of different roles alongside GPs that can all help you with your needs. Together they can get you the right care from the right healthcare professional as quickly as possible.

 

“Get the right care, from the right healthcare professional.”

 

Below we feature just some of the roles within your general practice team, who are here to help you.

 

Practice Nurse

General practice nurses work in GP surgeries as part of the primary healthcare team, which might include doctors, pharmacists and dietitians.
How can a Practice Nurse help you?
I can help you by…

  • providing vaccinations and injections.
  • supporting people with long-term conditions such as asthma and diabetes.
  • providing family planning and sexual health advice, including smear tests.

 

 

Pharmacist

Pharmacists make a difference to the lives of their patients through an expert knowledge of medicines and health.

Helping people live longer and healthier lives depends on the safe use of medicines and excellent healthcare advice. Pharmacists’ unique expertise and knowledge makes them essential members of the healthcare team.

How can a Pharmacist help you?

Pharmacists can help you by:

  • giving advice and information about your health and minor ailments.
  • Supporting you to manage and get the best from your repeat prescriptions.
  • supporting you to manage your long term conditions.

Would you like to become a Pharmacist? Find out more here. 

 

Health and Wellbeing Coach 

Health and wellbeing coaches support people to self-identify existing issues and encourage proactive prevention of new and existing illnesses. They will predominately use health coaching skills to support people to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become active participants in their care so that they can reach their own health and wellbeing goals.

How can a Health and Wellbeing Coach can help you?

Health and Wellbeing Coaches can help you by:

  • identifying factors that may be impacting your health and wellbeing.
  • coaching you to manage your condition or situation.
  • linking you to helpful resources and support groups.

Find out more about Health and Wellbeing Coaches here: NHS England » Health and wellbeing coaches

 

 

Social Prescribing Link Worker

Social prescribing link workers connect people with local community activities and services that can help improve their health and wellbeing.

(Social Prescribing Link Workers may also be referred to as Community Link Workers, Link Workers or Social Prescribers)

A vital part of their role is to build relationships with the people they are helping by listening carefully to what’s important to them and what motivates them.

How can a Social Prescribing Link Worker help you?

Social Prescribing Link Workers can help you by:

  • supporting with issues that are affecting your health and wellbeing.
  • providing advice and support on social issues.
  • linking you into local services, groups and activities.

If you think a Social Prescribing Link Worker could be the career for you, click here. 

 

 

 

 

Clinical Pharmacist

Clinical pharmacists are highly qualified experts in medicines and can help people in a range of ways. This includes carrying out structured medication reviews for patients with ongoing health problems and improving patient safety, outcomes and value through a person-centred approach.

How can a Clinical Pharmacist help you?

Clinical Pharmacists can help you by:

  • reviewing your medication and making sure it isn’t causing you side effects.
  • suggesting changes to your medication so that it works best for you.
  • helping you manage your medication and making sure it fits into your lifestyle.

Find out more about Clinical Pharmacists and the role they play within the NHS here.

 

 

Nursing Associate 

Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver care for patients and the public, working across all four fields of nursing: adult, children’s, mental health, and learning disability.

How can a Nursing Associate help you?

I can help you by

  • Providing vaccinations and injections.
  • Supporting people with long-term conditions such as asthma and diabetes.
  • Providing family planning and sexual health advice, including smear tests.

Would you like to become a Nursing Associate? Find out more here. 

 

 

 

Advanced Nurse Practitioner 

Advanced Nurse Practitioners are autonomous in making decisions based on assessment, diagnosis and interpretation of test results. ANPs are able to independently prescribe appropriate medication, evaluate or refer to other specialists if necessary.

How can an Advanced Nurse Practitioner help you?

I can help you by

  • diagnosing and treating minor illnesses.
  • prescribing medication.
  • giving advice and information about your health.

 

 

 

 

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists focus on identifying and maximising movement to improve the health and wellbeing of patients. They’ll work with people on a daily basis, recommending exercises and using high-tech ultrasound equipment or even hydrotherapy pools, depending on the patients’ needs. Once a patient’s movement problem has been diagnosed, they’ll work with

them to determine a treatment plan. They’ll also promote good health and advise people on how to avoid injury.

How can a physiotherapist help you?

I can help you by

  • diagnosing and treating muscular and joint conditions.
  • advising on how to manage your condition.
  • referring you to specialist services.

 

 

 

 

This page will be updated with further roles over the coming months.

This campaign follows Humberside LMC’s original #WeArePrimary campaign. You can view their original campaign here and these assets will also be merged into our campaign at a later stage.


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