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Practice nurse Average UK Salary & Prospects

Practice nurses work in GP surgeries to assess, screen, treat and educate patients, and help doctors give medical care.

  • Monitor patients' medication usage and results.  
  • Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.  
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.  
  • Evaluate patients' behavior to formulate diagnoses or assess treatments.  
  • Distinguish between
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Practice nurses typically work around 38 to 40 hours per week.

As a Practice nurse you will typically work evenings / weekends.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    35,924 GBP *
    per year
    25,000 GBP
    43,500 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Practice nurse

    Men make 2% more than Women
    • 36,596 GBP
    • 35,831 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Practice nurse
    Average salary for full-time Practice nurse

    • 18,530 GBP
    • 19,138 GBP
    • 35,924 GBP
    • 35,831 GBP
    • 36,596 GBP
    Pay over time for Practice nurse

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 36,511 GBP
    • 33,308 GBP
    • 32,779 GBP
    • 36,558 GBP
    • 34,987 GBP
    • 35,924 GBP

    Future outlook for Practice nurses

    Very good outlook
    16 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    0% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    30% chance of automation in the future

    Practice nurse - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Practice nurse and the highest average level of education for people in this role.
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    You must be a qualified and registered adult, child, mental health or learning disability nurse to work in general practice.

    You may have an advantage when applying for jobs if you've got experience in:

    • chronic disease management, like diabetes or asthma
    • childhood immunisation
    • cervical cytology
    • phlebotomy - taking blood

    Some employers may also ask that you've completed a Specialist Practitioner - General Practice Nursing course, approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Practice nurse


    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Practice nurse.
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively

    Things to highlight for your Practice nurse interview

    Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

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