Who Will I See?
GP surgeries are key in providing both acute and long-term care within the community.
Over the years, demand had grown due to an increase in population, the increase in patients needing care for long-term health conditions, as well as unforeseeable factors such as the Covid Pandemic.
As such, the structure of general practice is constantly evolving to keep up with demand and increased workload to ensure safe and effective care for patients. We will introduce you to some of the new healthcare professionals within the surgery and explain a little more about their roles and capabilities.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Our Advanced Nurse Practitioner has been with Holland Park Surgery for 20 years and is a Nurse Prescriber.
They are qualified to assess and treat minor ailments such as:
- Chest / Ear / Eye Infections
- First Presentation Fungal Infections
- Cystitis / UTIs
- Coughs / Colds
- Acute Musculoskeletal Pain
Physicians associates (PAs) are healthcare professionals with a generalist medical education, they work alongside doctors providing medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. PAs work under the supervision of a doctor but can work autonomously with appropriate support.
Our Physician Associate is in clinic 1 day a week and supports the GPs with minor ailments with the view to progress to long-term condition management.
Our Social Prescriber is in-house twice a week. She focuses on patients under 65 who’s needs are more social rather than health-related. She can aid patients with benefit issues, befriending, housing and signpost to appropriate services.
Foundation Year 2 (FY2’s)
FY2’s (foundation year 2) are medical practitioners who have completed a medical degree and are in their second year of a Foundation Programme (a two-year, general postgraduate medical training programme which forms the bridge between medical school and specialist/general practice training). They remain under clinical supervision of a senior doctor but are qualified to make independent management decisions regarding patient care.
GP registrars, are fully qualified and registered doctors. They have passed out of medical school and completed their 2 years of pre-registration in hospital and been admitted as fully registered doctors on to the GMC list. They are currently on a 3 year GP registration course, this involves further hospital medical training and an attachment to a practice under a supervising qualified GP. All GPs must undergo this training before they can become fully qualified GPs in their own right.
Our in-house clinical pharmacists are a vital part of our team, they contribute to multiple aspects of patient care including long-term condition monitoring. They are qualified to perform medication reviews, advise on medication changes, monitor long-term conditions such as diabetes/asthma and COPD and issue prescriptions.
We are fortunate enough to have a team of Clinical Pharmacists so there is usually at least two on-site every day, meaning appointments can be arranged within 1-2 days.
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