Nurses are an important part of delivering care in general practice. An increasing shift of care from hospitals to general practice means that nursing has become an increasingly exciting career choice. 

General practice nurses work in GP surgeries as part of the primary healthcare team, which might include GPs, Practice Managers, Paramedics, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Physician Associates, Social Prescribers and practice support staff.

In larger practices there may be several practice nurses sharing duties and responsibilities. In smaller practices a practice nurse may be working alone, taking on many roles. 

Watch the animation which explains the role of a General Practice Nurse within the primary care team.

Nursing roles

There are a range of roles in primary care nursing including Healthcare Assistants, Nursing Associates, GP Assistants, Practice Nurses and Advanced Clinical Practitioners. Read more »

Newly qualified nurses

The Greater Manchester General Practice Nurse Fellowships offer one session per week (pro rota) protected learning time over 2 years to support newly qualified nurse induction into practice. The Preceptorship enables newly qualified nurses to develop their confidence and skills as an autonomous professional. Read more »

Experienced general practice nurses

With further training and experience, practice nurses can apply for more senior roles, such as senior practice nurse/nurse practitioner and advanced nurse practitioner positions. It is also possible to become a clinical director of a primary care network. You could also move into education, management, teaching or clinical research. Read more »

Health and wellbeing support

Find out more about the Health and wellbeing support that is available to nurses working in primary care. Read more »


When a member of staff becomes unavailable, locum practice nurses can be a huge asset to the general practice team to avoid great disruption of care. If you’re between jobs or looking to top up existing hours, becoming a locum practice nurse could be a great option.. Read more »