What do General Practice Nurses do?

The general practitioner (GP) is the first point of contact for patients to access healthcare services.

General Practice Nurses work in the general practice to provide:

  • nursing care for the practice population
  • management of long-term conditions caseloads
  • screening services
  • immunisation services
  • health promotion
  • delivery of Department of Health initiatives, for example, Chronic Disease Management Programme

General Practice Nurses may also work at an advanced nursing level. For example, nurse prescribing or advanced nurse practitioners.

Advanced Practice (Nursing) Standards and Requirements (PDF, 315KB, 48 pages)

General Practice Nurses accept referrals from the GP and healthcare practitioners in the community and acute hospitals. They offer appointments directly to patients.  

Related topics

General Practice Nursing in Ireland

General Practice Nurse career pathway