How will it affect our gp practice if we have a Parish Nurse?
The first task of a Parish Nurse will be to develop good relationships with local health staff. This takes time, but the fact that the nurse is working to the code of professional practice will be important in that relationship. GP practices are keen to find ways of encouraging patients toward better self-care and community support, so the appointment of a parish nurse will help this. Responsibilities of a Parish Nurse include “to work at developing good, communicative, team relationships with professional colleagues in both NHS and church structures” and “to develop a service that is complementary to NHS provision and not in competition with it”. She/he is also required “not to engage in any nursing intervention or advice that is beyond that for which she/he has been adequately trained”.