Practice nurses are an integral part of every GP surgery. Alongside doctors at the practice, local families will rely upon you to look after their physical, mental and social health, providing medical expertise and reassurance. At smaller surgeries, practice nurse jobs will include a wide variety of duties, while you may be able to specialise more at a larger practice.
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The salary for a band 5 practice nurse is £25,100 - £31,649. The salary for a band 6 practice nurse is £31,800 - £39,169.
Most nurses will work as a practice nurse after working in secondary or community nursing for a few years first. It’s possible to become a practice nurse as a newly qualified nurse, but as further training and education is needed you’ll need to find a practice to support you in this.
A practice nurse will be in band 5 or 6, depending on experience.
What is the difference between a practice nurse and a registered nurse?
A registered nurse is a nurse who has completed their training. Within this title there are several specialisms, such as adult, community, mental health and more. A practice nurse will work in a GP practice within primary care, offering nursing care, planning, treatment and health education. They’ll work alongside GPs, health visitors, pharmacists, dieticians and other nurses to provide treatment and care. At larger GP surgeries they may be part of a nursing team and may get to focus on certain areas, while at smaller surgeries they may work alone and be required to offer a larger range of services.
A full-time practice nurse will work 37.5 hours a week, Monday to Friday, although there may be some weekend or evening work, depending on the practice needs. Part-time and job share options are also available, so there is a good degree of flexibility.
As many nurses work part time or job share, there is often some flexibility on shift patterns, provided the requirements of the practice are met.