Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.
RGN (Sheffield 2000)
Head of Nursing Royal Primary Care, Site Lead Nurse for Royal Primary Care Chesterfield.
Works 4 days per week
I graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2000. I began my career in secondary care at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, working in a variety of clinical settings; these include A/E, Rheumatology, Vascular, Respiratory, Endocrinology and Cardiology. I became a ward sister in 2004.
In 2009 I moved to general practice and took on the role of Practice Nurse at a very busy village surgery in Chesterfield, I loved it from day one. Patient care is my top priority, the biggest draw for me in primary care is the time and level of patient care that I can provide.
I worked at the same surgery for nine years becoming Lead Nurse for the last five of them, the practice was extremely supportive and I was able to train in all areas of chronic disease management (Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, CHD, Hypertension). I am also trained and competent to work in Travel Health, Infant/Child/Adult Immunisation and Vaccination schedules, Cervical Screening and Contraception, Anti-Coagulation initiation and management, Women's Health and Family Planning.
I graduated from the University Of Derby as an Independent Nurse Prescriber in 2016 and use this qualification enormously to the benefit of my patients and my colleagues.
I joined the excellent team at Royal Primary Care in January 2018 and was appointed as Head of Nursing in April 2018.
Lead Nurse for Royal Primary Care Clay Cross and Grassmoor
I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2009 at Sheffield University after undertaking Advanced Diploma in Nursing studies (2009) and Bachelor of medical science in Nursing (2010).
My first job from qualifying, was on the burns unit at Northern General Hospital. I looked after patients with acute burns who required complex wound management.
In 2014, I commenced my first employment in Primary care as a practice nurse. My role includes management of long term conditions, cytology, immunisation, travel health and health promotion.
I have special interest in the management of respiratory, travel health and immunisation. In 2018 I successfully completed qualification in mentorship and recently completed ARTP in spirometry.
My employment at Royal Primary Care commenced in April 2017, after a year of working here, I was appointed as site lead nurse - Clay Cross.
I am committed to improving outcomes for our patients by ensuring that the nursing team deliver care according to the National professional standards.
Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.
Debbie Stirland (f)