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 (Associate Partner)

RGN Nurse Practitioner BSc (Hons), Family planning cert., Certified to fit contraceptive implants, IUCD'S and IUS devices, Asthma and  COPD diploma, Independent Nurse Prescriber. Member of the FSRH and the BMS


Mrs Carolyn Tipper

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


Mrs Frances Syres

RGN, Nurse Practitioner Bsc {Hons} Family Planning cert., certified to fit contraceptive implants Diabetes diploma, experienced in the management of complex diabetes, 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 Joanne Curran

RGN Practice Nurse Asthma/Diabetes diploma

Childhood and adult immunisations, Cytology (smears), Travel vaccination, non insulin dependant diabetes, asthma diplomas
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

Sister Xiuron Deng

RGN Practice Nurse. BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing (Professional Practice) University of Chester 2007

Independent Prescriber, Cytology, Fraility, Specialised Tissue Viability, Complex Wound Management and Leg Ulcer Care.

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, she is part of the care support team for patients with life limiting illness


Sonia Burton and Suzanne McLoughlin

Assistant Practitioner,(Foundation Degree in Sciences - Health and Social Care, Assistant Practitioner) Chester University.

NHS checks, New patient checks, they are part of the care support team for patients with life limiting illness.

Trainee Assistant Practitioners

Megan Cosgrove and Hannah White are currently studying for Foundation Degree.

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

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

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