General Practice Assistants

A general practice assistant is a hybrid medical assistant role where the focus is to support general practitioners in their day-to-day management of patients. GP assistants (also known as medical assistants) support doctors in the smooth running of their surgery, by handling the routine administration and some basic clinical duties.

GP assistants are trained to help with:

  • Sorting all clinical post and prioritising
  • Extracting all information from clinical letters that need coding
  • Directly dealing with all routine clinical post
  • Arranging appointments, referrals and follow up appointments of patients
  • Preparing patients, taking a brief history and basic readings in readiness for the GP appointment
  • Dipping urine, phlebotomy and taking blood pressure and ECGs 
  • Completing basic (non-opinion) forms for the GP to approve and sign, such as insurance forms and mortgage forms 
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients, including arranging follow up appointments
  • Helping the GP liaise with outside agencies, for example, arranging for on call doctors to provide advice on the phone, or to arrange admission, allowing the GP tto continue with their consultation(s)
  • Support the GP with immunisations and wound care

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Further learning and development opportunities

To find out about further learning and development opportunities available to General Practice Assistants, please visit the Learning and Development page.