Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
Lea Paget (f)
Lucy Chapman (f)
An ANP is a Registered Nurse with additional training for performing tasks – such as diagnosing and prescribing – which are customarily performed by a Physician. A Registered Nurse is educated to Masters Level in Advanced Practice, and assessed as competent in practice using expert knowledge and skills. They have freedom to act and make their own decisions in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of those in their care and are capable of independent practice in a variety of settings. Their role will be tailored not only by their training but their clinical experience as Senior Practitioners. In General Practice, ANPs can consult and work independently but will consult medical colleagues when they need advice.
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MHN)
Hamish Gordon (m)
Primary Care Mental Health Nurse
MHNs are qualified to see patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed mental health issues, and to make detailed assessment of their health care needs, based on their combined medical and nursing knowledge, including clinical skills that you may not have traditionally associated with nurses, such as history taking, physical examination, diagnoses, and prescribing of medicines. MHNs can also directly refer patients to clinical specialists, such as hospital consultants.
Gillian Gilchrist (RGN) (f)
Lead Practice Nurse
Marion Shillam (RGN) (f)
Carolann Mort (RGN) (f)
Lynsey McEwan (f)
The Practice Nurse team are available at both Alva and Tullibody by appointment. Their responsibilities include caring for people with chronic conditions such as Asthma, Diabetes, and Heart or Blood Pressure problems. All our practice nurses can perform cervical smear tests. They are also available to deal with minor illnesses and can advise on holiday vaccinations, tetanus boosters, health checks and family planning services.
Healthcare Assistants (including Phlebotomy)
Mrs Julie Hammell (f)
Ms Yvonne Van Der Does (f)
Healthcare Assistants are non-registered Nursing staff who assist in patient care and Practice related duties, as directed by and under the supervision of a Registered Healthcare Professional (including Lead Practice Nurse, Practice Manager and GPs). Healthcare Assistants work collaboratively with the General Practice Team to meet the needs of patients, and provide essential task-orientated services like taking blood samples (phlebotomy), processing specimens, performing ECGs (to measure heart function), blood pressure readings and urinalysis. They play a crucial role in supporting the Clinical Team.