A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an experienced Registered Nurse (RN) who has completed advanced degree level education and training in the diagnosis, management and treatment of both physical and mental health conditions. Nurse Practitioners can provide appropriate assessment and treatment of common medical conditions and chronic illnesses, using a combination of nursing and medical skills. Nurse Practitioners can see patients of all ages, offering individual care that focuses on patients’ conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families. These skills enable them to diagnose and treat common illnesses.
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.
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.
Lindsey joined the practice in 1995 following a career in central banking. In 2001 Lindsey qualified in Primary Health Care Management at the University of London and is a member of the Association of Managers in General Practice (AMGP) and the Institute of Healthcare Management (MIHM). Lindsey is the Managing Partner of the Beacon Health Group Partnership having specific responsibility for the business, service development and innovation along with the strategic progress of the practice. Lindsey is supported by the Practice Manager, Samantha Young.
Samantha joined the practice in 2014, initially as our Dispensary Consultant, working with the Partnership to oversee the development of the Dispensary. Following the successful completion of the AMSPAR Diploma in Primary Care and Healthcare Management qualification, Samantha was offered the Practice Manager position in January 2017. Samantha is responsible for the smooth running of the practice and directly interacts with staff and patient issues. Samantha is the practice representative of the Patient Participation Group. When not working Samantha is a qualified fitness instructor and runs local fitness classes.
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