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Providing safe care in the community

Clinical improvement project lead Jane Robinson on recent recommendations from NHS Improvement

Clinical improvement project lead Jane Robinson on recent recommendations from NHS Improvement

Shorter lengths of stay in hospital mean that community nurses are caring for patients with increasingly complex needs, often working without instant access to other members of the multidisciplinary team for advice as would be more readily available in a hospital setting.

The setting for community care is often in people’s homes and the area covered by an individual community nurse may be geographically large, remote and without internet access.

The complexity of patient need can also require care from other members of the multidisciplinary team and nurse managers may be managing staff other than nurses. Understanding their unique contribution is an important part of safe community care.

Safe and sustainable staffing

Where should we start in our approach to providing safe community care? The National

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