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Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners have been working in this country for 20 years with rapidly increasing numbers, however it is only within recent years that they have begun to establish their identity as a professional body, about to be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

So what is a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse practitioners are highly experienced and educated members of the care team who are able to diagnose and treat healthcare needs or refer to an appropriate specialist if needed.

Nurse Practitioners can:

  • Take a comprehensive patient history
  • Carry out physical examinations
  • Use their expert knowledge and clinical judgment to identify the potential diagnosis
  • Refer patients for investigations where appropriate
  • Make a final diagnosis                    
  • Decide on and carry out treatment, including the prescribing of medicines, or refer patients to an appropriate specialist
  • Use their extensive practice experience to plan and provide skilled and competent care to meet patient's health and social care needs, involving other members of the health care team as appropriate
  • Ensure the provision of continuity of care including follow-up visits
  • Assess and evaluate, with patients, the effectiveness of the treatment and care provided and make changes as needed
  • Work independently, although often as part of a health care team
  • Provide leadership
  • Make sure that each patient's treatment and care is based on best practice

The NMC states that only nurses who have achieved the competencies set by the NMC for a registered NP are permitted to call themselves by this title.

Mrs Benny Harston

SRN SCM BSc (Hons) ANP, Nurse Prescriber, Dip in Asthma, Family Planning Certificate - Nurse Practitioner Manager.

Benny Harston has worked at the surgery since 1990, firstly as a practice nurse then later as a Nurse Practitioner and now team leader.

She has a keen interest in the professional issue relating to Nurse Practitioners and also teaches primary care nurses.

Ms Caroline Mansfield

Caroline Mansfield has been working at the surgery for over 15 years and is a highly valued member of the team. Caroline is the surgery's research lead and has been involved in several research projects over the last few years covering a wide range of medical conditions.

Mrs Sara Adams

Sara Adams qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 in Peterborough and then spent seven years working in the Accident and Emergency Department in Peterborough. She then moved into General Practice as a Triage Nurse in St Neots before taking up a Nurse Practitioner Trainee role in Yaxley near Peterborough. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with the Nurse Practitioner BSc in 2007. In 2012 Sara relocated to Norfolk working as a Nurse Practitioner in Cromer. She joined the Nursing Team at Hoveton and Wroxham as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in March 2017.

Cleo Hale


Mrs Marion Lodge

Marion started at the Practice in 2004 as a locum practice nurse before becoming a permanent member of staff. She orginally trained at the Norfolk & Norwich hospital, spent 5 years at the West Norwich and 20 years at the NNUH.

As a Practice Nurse Marion covers a wide aspect of tasks, including smears, baby immunisations, dressings, ECGs, ear syringing, BP checks, all routine injections and travel clinic specialist.

Mrs Janet Barker

Janet joined the practice in 2015 having previously worked at the NNUH.

Hayley Platten
Rebecca Green

Healthcare Assistants

Clair Barber

Phlebotomist/Senior HCA

Clair joined us from a Norwich Practice in 2009. Clair is also a smoking cessation advisor and you can make appointments with her by contacting the reception team. Clair and Sharon are also responsible for taking the blood tests to monitor patient Warfarin levels.

Sharon Wright

Phlebotomist/Senior HCA

Sharon joined the practice in November 2012 after working at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital for 10 years. Sharon works closely with Clair to carry out blood tests, dressings and initial Diabetic review checks.


Evie Chambers
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