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Clinical Roles in Selsey Medical Practice

When you phone us, our Patient Services Team will ask you a few questions and refer to our Signposting Tool in order to make sure you are directed to the best person for your needs.

In addition to our GPs, we have highly trained Nurse Prescribers, Practice Nurses, Paramedic Practitioners, Healthcare Assistants, Phlebotomists, Clinical Pharmacists, a First Contact Physiotherapist, a Social Prescriber, and an Advisor from The Care Shop, all available to you.

This page explains the different roles.


Nurse Prescriber

If you have a minor illness you may be offered an appointment with one of our Nurse Prescribers. They can prescribe medications for these in the same way as a GP.

Some are also trained in family planning and monitor and treat patients with long-term conditions such as asthma, COPD, coronary heart disease and diabetes.


Practice Nurse

Practice Nurses carry out a wide range of procedures such as immunisations, ECGs, smear tests, dressings and wound care.

They also review patients with long term conditions such as diabetes, learning disabilities and dementia.


Paramedic Practitioner

Paramedic Practitioners can assess and treat minor illnesses. Their background in pre-hospital care means that they are used to working with people with a variety of health conditions.

They can prescribe medication and run clinics for conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), and carry out treatment room activities such as removal of stitches. 


Healthcare Assistant

Healthcare Assistants support our Practice Nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (taking blood), blood pressure measurement, doppler tests, ECGs and new patient checks. 

Healthcare Assistants also carry out reviews for mental health and diabetes.



Phlebotomists take blood samples which are requested by our clinical team.

They can also give injections such as vitamin B12, and check blood pressures (although we encourage you to do this yourself or use our waiting room machine).


Clinical Pharmacist

Clinical pharmacists are highly qualified experts in medicines. They can review a patient's care, using expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas.

We sometimes refer patients to see a Community Pharmacist who can advise on treatment for a wide range of minor conditions.


First Contact Physiotherapist

First Contact Physiotherapists are qualified independent clinical practitioners who can assess, diagnose, treat, and manage musculoskeletal problems.

If you have a joint or muscular problem you can be seen for an assessment and treatment, avoiding a long wait for a hospital appointment.


Social Prescriber

Social Prescribers connect people to activities, groups, and services in our community to meet their practical, social and emotional needs.

Social prescribers give you time, focusing on ‘what matters to you’ and they work with you to make a personal care and support plan, and help you to take control of your health and wellbeing.

Care Shop Selsey

Care Shop Advisor

The Care Shop (part of the Selsey Community Forum) now provide a regular 'clinic' for our patients at the surgery.

The Care Shop Advisor is well placed to help with all kinds of non-clinical practical support, working closely with community groups and services.


Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

Mental Health Workers support the psychological and emotional well-being of people who are experiencing enduring mental health issues or illnesses.

They work as part of a multidisciplinary team which can include doctors, social workers, therapists and psychiatrists. They deliver effective wellbeing interventions to help people recover and improve their lives. 

Help us to Help You

Whilst referring to a “signposting tool” developed by our GPs, our Patient Support team will ask a few questions when you ring for an appointment, to make sure you are directed to the best person for your needs (our new recorded phone message explain this).

Please help us to help you when you call by explaining your problem as clearly as you can.

If possible, please explore other options such as self-care before seeking an appointment.