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Nurse to lead national discharge planning campaign

Queen's Nursing Institute project will target ways to improve transition from hospital to community

A top community nurse has been appointed by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) to lead two national projects.

Candice Pellett OBE will join the QNI for a year to work on the two projects, funded by the Department of Health.

The Discharge Planning Project will seek ways of improving the transition from hospital to community healthcare services. In 2013, the QNI identified this as one of the most challenging areas of work faced by district nurses.

The second project will focus on the value that studying for the district nursing specialist practitioner qualification adds to clinical practice.

Ms Pellett, who will leave her job as a senior case manager for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust to take up her new role, said: ‘I have been a district nurse for 20 years and hope to bring some of the skills and experience from that career to my new role at the QNI.

‘These two projects are of huge importance to the district nursing profession and support the drive to deliver high quality patient care in the community.’

The QNI aims to publish the results of both projects in 2016.

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