GP Practice placements

Student Placements within a Primary Care / GP Setting

Being allocated a practice placement within a general practice gives the student an opportunity to witness and participate in healthcare at the very heart of the community, and foster an understanding of living with all aspects of long term conditions, illness and minor ailments. Working alongside a practice nurse mentor the student can observe, assist, and undertake a multitude of interventions that contribute to the well-being of the patients.

 Access to a wider multi-disciplinary team will be helpful in augmenting the evidence required for all domains within OARS and will supplement the knowledge of many long term conditions, their symptoms and relief and control.

In a primary care setting there will be an opportunity to learn about physical health, mental health and emotional health, across the healthcare spectrum, caring for children, young adults, adults and the elderly.

Nursing interventions used in a GP setting:

 Assessment
Various assessment opportunities, such as:

  • Wound assessment
  • Treatment assessment
  • Physical assessment

Clinic Appointments

Assisting or running clinic appointments for several conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes management
  • Follow Ups for diabetic retinopathy, foot check and Blood Glucose management
  • Asthma and COPD control, including; inhaler technique and inhaler selection and use; spirometry and peak flow; assessment and maintenance advice.

Health promotion, including:

  • Obesity / Nutrition
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Alcohol / Drug abuse
  • Sexual Health

Tests, including:

  • Venepuncture / Blood tests / Urine Dips / Swabs / INR / Blood Glucose 
  • Inoculations 
In this setting the student will be working closely with patients and relatives, in a more intimate environment than a busy hospital setting. This will require excellent interpersonal skills and full usage of the six c’s on a daily basis. This setting will provide every opportunity for the student to complete the learning criteria across all the domains and employ deep reflective practice.

Student evaluation comments from GP placements:

“Very supportive. All staff were incredibly helpful and supportive, including non-clinical staff. I was encouraged to develop my skills as an independent practitioner whilst knowing that support was always available. All nursing staff took an interest in enabling my learning, each bringing different perspectives and knowledge. I was able to focus on my weaker areas and am ow confident in these skills”.