Nurse - General Practice

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Practice nurses work in clinics and health centres and alongside General Practitioners in doctors’ surgeries, carrying out treatment on patients.

The Work

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NHS nurses are paid on the NHS Agenda for Change. The current pay scales are from April 2021.

Starting pay for a trainee practice nurse working in a team with a senior practice nurse would be Band 5, £26,104 to £32,915 a year. Experienced practice nurses will be on Band 6, £33,072 to £40,736 a year.

Practice nurses in private health care can earn up to £45,000 a year.


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Getting In

Most practice nurses and nurse practitioners work for the National Health Service (NHS). You can find NHS job vacancies in Scotland by visiting NHS Scotland Recruitment.

You could also work with a nursing agency or with a private general practice. Recent changes to the NHS, for example the reduction in GPs hours, are leading to an expansion of nursing practice and increased employment for nurse practitioners.

What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Government runs the One Year Job Guarantee (OYJG) Scheme for newly qualified nurses and midwives to help improve their chances of finding work as well as developing their skills. The positions are one-year fixed term contracts at 22.5 hours a week, set at grade 5 on the NHS Agenda for Change pay scale. For further details contact NHS Scotland Careers.


Courtesy of NHS Health Careers


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

NHS Scotland Careers
Website (2):
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

Royal College of Nursing Scotland
Twitter: @RCNScot

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