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Nurse Practitioners

The Nurse Practitioner is an advanced nursing role, they can assess, diagnose, refer and prescribe. They work closely with the rest of the practice team.

Mrs Beverly Hackwell

RGN Nurse Practitioner BSc (Hons), Family planning cert., Asthma and  COPD diploma, Independent Nurse Prescriber.


Mrs Carolyn Tipper

RGN Nurse Practitioner BSc (Hons), Asthma Diploma, Independent Nurse Prescriber


Mrs Frances Syres

RGN, Nurse Practitioner Bsc {Hons} Family Planning cert., Diabetes diploma Independent Nurse Prescriber


Nurse Practitioners manage their own caseloads, sharing patients care with colleagues working in the same area of practice. A Nurse Practitioner, who becomes the primary care provider, may work with the patient to determine a plan of care and can deliver a large portion of that care themselves. They work in partnership with medical colleagues and the healthcare team. The expertise of the primary care Nurse Practitioner lies in her ability to operate as a "specialist generalist".

Nurse Practitioners can:

  • Diagnose
  • Refer
  • Prescribe


Sister Jaqueline Fisher

RGN Practice Nurse, wound care, cytology (smears)

Sister Susan Armstrong

RGN Practice Nurse, Diploma Tissue viability, wound care, cytology (smears)


Sister Joanne Curran

RGN Practice Nurse Asthma/Diabetes diploma

Childhood and adult immunisations, Cytology (smears), Travel vaccination 
Sister Louise Boughey

RGN Practice Nurse. BSc in Adult nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2012.

Childhood and adult immunisations, Cytology, Travel vaccinations, asthma and diabetic checks.

Sister Boughey is currently taking Maternity Leave

Bernadette Wilkinson

 Assistant Practitioner  (Foundation Degree in Sciences - Health and Social Care, Assistant Practitioner) Liverpool John Moores University 2013

Infection Control, Learning Disability, NHS checks, New patient checks


Practice Nurses assist in clinical care of patients and work within their own scope of knowledge and skills to provide a lead role in the implementation of good clinical management for patients within a specific diagnosed chronic disease, e.g. asthma, COPD, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Carrying out physical examinations, investigatory procedures and cervical smears
  • Providing advice about contraception
  • Treating wounds e.g. leg ulcers
  • Applying and removing dressings
  • Giving advice, education and information about health conditions and ailments, stopping smoking and losing weight
  • Administering immunisations, vaccinations (e.g. influenza) and infant injections
  • Running clinics for diabetes and asthma


Assistant Practitioners are able to deliver elements of health and social care and undertake clinical work in areas that have previously only been in the remit of registered professionals. Assistant Practitioners undertake a 2 year foundation degree as part of their training and their duties include:

  • New patient checks
  • Annual checks
  • NHS health checks
  • Stock control
  • Learning disability health checks
  • Treating small injuries
  • Assisting in minor operations
  • Assisting in women's health clinics
  • Assisting in leg ulcer clinics
  • Coordinating vaccination programmes
  • Infection control

Healthcare Assistants

Mrs Sheila Buckley
Mrs Wendy Reid


Sonia Laws (f)

Trainee assistant practicioner, NHS checks, New patient checks

Healthcare Assistants assist the registered Practice Nurses and Doctors in the delivery of direct and indirect patient care, ensuring that patient safety and well-being is respected at all times. Members of the nursing/medical team supervise the duties of the Healthcare Assistants at all times.

Their duties include:

  • Phlebotomy (blood tests)
  • New patient checks
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Ear irrigation
  • Assisting in minor operations
  • Assisting in women's health clinic
  • Assisting in Practice Nurse led vaccination programmes
Miss Hannah White (f)

Hannah is a new HCA who will be starting a foundation degree to become an Assistant Practitioner


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