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Your Healthcare Team

Your healthcare team at Angel Lane Surgery

As well as your GP, we have a range of health professionals to support patients in the best way. Seeing one of our wider practice team can be much quicker and more effective than waiting to see a GP.

At Angel Lane we have the following professionals in our team to get you the right care, at the right time with the right professional.

Role

Description: who they are and what they will do to support you

GP

 

 

General practitioners (GPs) treat all common acute and chronic medical conditions and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment. They focus on the health of the whole person combining physical, psychological and social aspects of care, providing a holistic approach. GPs also prioritise preventive health and support patients to reduce their risk of ill health and chronic conditions through screening and health advice.

 

Registered nurse

Nurses assess, screen and treat people of all ages, including babies, children and adults. They help with things such as wound care, immunisations, vaccinations, cervical screening and holding clinics for patients with long term conditions such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes.

They also offer health promotion advice in areas such as contraception, weight loss and smoking cessation.

 

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses who have completed extra training and academic qualifications to be able to examine, assess, make diagnoses, treat, prescribe and make referrals for patients.

 

Health Care Assistant (HCA)

Health Care Assistant works with nurses and other clinical colleagues. They may see you for things including:

  • health checks
  • taking a blood sample
  • health promotion or health education work

 

Physician Associate (PA)

A Physician Associate, or Physician Assistant supports the clinical team with the diagnosis and management of patients in the surgery. Their duties include working directly with patients to diagnose medical conditions, performing medical procedures and developing treatment plans.

 

Clinical Pharmacist

Our Clinical Pharmacists provide specialist medication expertise and help support patients to manage long term conditions through best use of medication and improve patient care by talking regularly with general practice, community and hospital pharmacy colleagues.

 

Non-Medical Prescriber

Some nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals are highly skilled in their specialist area and are trained to prescribe medication. To do so they have completed necessary training, as well as ongoing training and are qualified to undertake physical examination and medical history taking and are able to assess and diagnose in their specialist area. They are as competent to prescribe medication as a doctor.

 

GP Registrar

Doctors who are training to become GPs are called GP registrars. They work closely with one of the doctors at the surgery who is their trainer. The GP registrar is a fully qualified doctor who has a lot of experience of hospital medicine. Sometimes other doctors are also trained and supported in the practice.

First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP)

FCPs are qualified, independent clinical practitioners who can assess, diagnose, treat and discharge a person without a medical referral. Our FCP is an experienced, senior physiotherapist who will:

  • Give expert advice on how best to manage a patient’s condition
  • Recommend exercises and other approaches for self-management
  • Refer patients on to specialist services if necessary

Refer patients back to the GP if the issue is found not to be musculoskeletal

Reception team

Members of the reception team are specially trained to help you get the right care. They’ll book you an appointment with the most appropriate healthcare professional for your needs, as quickly as possible

 

Social Prescriber Link Worker (SPLW)

Social Prescriber Link Workers help to reduce Health Inequalities by supporting people to work through issues affecting their wellbeing.

The Social Prescriber role will help support people who go to see their GP often with social, emotional or practical needs, where a prescription for medication often doesn’t help. Social Prescribers talk to the patients who are referred to them and find out what help or support they need to live well and sign post them to support and services in the community that can help.

 

Health and wellbeing coaches

Health and wellbeing coaches (HWBCs) use health coaching skills to support people to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become active participants in their care so that they can reach their own health and wellbeing goals. They may also provide access to self-management education, peer support and social prescribing.

 

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