Your general practice team can now offer you more specialist services than ever. That’s because these teams include a variety of highly trained medical professionals, who each bring extensive, specialist knowledge to local care.
These GP-led teams include roles like advanced nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, and clinical pharmacists. These roles are embedded within a GP practice team. All staff liaise with each other effectively to deliver holistic care.
Below we feature just some of the roles within your general practice team, who are here to help you.
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and can look at all aspects of daily life in your home, school or workplace. They look at activities you find difficult and see if there’s another way you can do them. Occupational therapists help all kinds of people overcome all kinds of challenges, so they can live as fully and independently as possible. This might involve learning new ways to do things, or making changes to their environment to make things easier.
How can an Occupational Therapist help you? They can help you by…
- providing rehabilitation for you to stay well at home.
- empowering you to make improvements to day-to-day life.
- supporting you to self-manage health and work problems.
Pharmacy technicians are essential to the smooth running of pharmacies, making sure patients get the most out of their medicines.
How can a Pharmacy Technician help you?
I can help you by…
- showing you how to use your medicines.
- supporting medication reviews by the Clinical Pharmacist.
- advising you on your lifestyle choices.
General practice nurses work in GP surgeries as part of the primary healthcare team, which might include doctors, pharmacists and dietitians.
How can a Practice Nurse help you? A Practice Nurse can…
providing vaccinations and injections.
- supporting people with long-term conditions such as asthma and diabetes.
- providing family planning and sexual health advice, including smear tests.
Pharmacists make a difference to the lives of their patients through an expert knowledge of medicines and health.
Helping people live longer and healthier lives depends on the safe use of medicines and excellent healthcare advice. Pharmacists’ unique expertise and knowledge makes them essential members of the healthcare team.
How can a Pharmacist help you?
Pharmacists can help you by:
- giving advice and information about your health and minor ailments.
- Supporting you to manage and get the best from your repeat prescriptions.
- supporting you to manage your long term conditions.
Would you like to become a Pharmacist? Find out more here.
Social prescribing link workers connect people with local community activities and services that can help improve their health and wellbeing.
(Social Prescribing Link Workers may also be referred to as Link Coordinators, Community Link Workers, Link Workers, Wellbeing Coordinators or Social Prescribers)
A vital part of their role is to build relationships with the people they are helping by listening carefully to what’s important to them and what motivates them.
How can a Social Prescribing Link Worker help you?
Social Prescribing Link Workers can help you by:
- supporting with issues that are affecting your health and wellbeing.
- providing advice and support on social issues.
- linking you into local services, groups and activities.
If you think a Social Prescribing Link Worker could be the career for you, click here.
Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver care for patients and the public, working across all four fields of nursing: adult, children’s, mental health, and learning disability.
How can a Nursing Associate help you?
I can help you by
- Providing vaccinations and injections.
- Supporting people with long-term conditions such as asthma and diabetes.
- Providing family planning and sexual health advice, including smear tests.
Would you like to become a Nursing Associate? Find out more here.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners are autonomous in making decisions based on assessment, diagnosis and interpretation of test results. ANPs are able to independently prescribe appropriate medication, evaluate or refer to other specialists if necessary.
How can an Advanced Nurse Practitioner help you?
I can help you by
- diagnosing and treating minor illnesses.
- prescribing medication.
- giving advice and information about your health.
Physiotherapists focus on identifying and maximising movement to improve the health and wellbeing of patients. They’ll work with people on a daily basis, recommending exercises and using high-tech ultrasound equipment or even hydrotherapy pools, depending on the patients’ needs. Once a patient’s movement problem has been diagnosed, they’ll work with them to determine a treatment plan. They’ll also promote good health and advise people on how to avoid injury.
How can a physiotherapist help you?
I can help you by
- diagnosing and treating muscular and joint conditions.
- advising on how to manage your condition.
- referring you to specialist services.