A Clinical Practitioner (CP) is a Registered Nurse who has acquired an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice. A Clinical Practitioner is able to assess, diagnose and treat patients. When necessary, and appropriate, a Clinical Practitioner will prescribe medication, initiate, manage treatment and arrange referral.
Clinical Practitioners at Beacon Medical Practice are Jane Ball, Neil Haslam and Claire Morgan.
At Beacon Medical Practice we have introduced CPs to provide further support to your medical care. They are experienced specialist nurses who work in partnership with and under the guidance of your GP.
Clinical Practitioners can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a Doctor in the past. Their main area of expertise is the management of common/minor illnesses.
The Clinical Practitioner can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide treatment and advice including a prescription if required. They can make referrals to most hospital doctors or other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital where necessary. Although they are unable to sign a sick certificate they can make arrangements for one to be signed for you. The CPs are independent practitioners and they work closely with your GPs and liaise frequently with them about your care. GPs are always available in support, should your clinical need require this.
Many of the problems dealt with by the Clinical Practitioner may be perceived by patients as requiring a Doctor’s input. This may well still be the case in other practices. We will not ask you to see the Clinical Practitioner unless we feel it is appropriate. The more information you give when arranging appointments the better. If you speak to a receptionist about the nature of your problem they will be able to advise you as to who is the most appropriate for you.
Our Reception Staff all understand the need for confidentiality and discretion as part of their role, for which they are fully trained.
The Clinical Practitioner can also provide health education to patients enabling individuals to better manage their health or condition.
What can the Clinical Practitioner help you with?
- Sore throats
- Colds & coughs, flu like illnesses
- Chest infections
- Ear infections
- Acute back pain
- Poorly controlled asthma
- Hay fever
- Exacerbations of COPD
- Skin Infections / Impetigo
- Skin rashes
- Urine infections, cystitis
- Continence issues
•Diarrhoea / Vomiting
•Stress / Anxiety
Some patients, often those with long standing medical problems may need an appointment with a Doctor. Our Clinical Practitioner is usually able to assess the situation and in some cases will organise initial blood tests and other investigations prior to arranging a follow up appointment with one of our GPs.