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Sharing best practice: care homes as centres of learning

Care England's honorary nursing adviser Deborah Sturdy talks about a pilot scheme which will put care home nursing on the map
Student placement in a care home

Many of the advanced nursing roles we have now grew from the nursing development units created in the mid-1980s.

The advancement of care home nursing did not find a similar foothold.

Care home nursing is all too often seen as a last resort rather than an opportunity. People talk about care homes in disparaging terms, ignoring the fact that nurses have the greatest autonomy in these settings and they can manage complex clinical caseloads, without the constant distractions and demands of a hospital ward and multidisciplinary teams to refer to and plan care with. These are places where nurses lead care every day of the year. These centres of nurse-led care should be an obvious place where nursing students could learn to flourish and learn to lead.

So why haven’t we put long-term care nursing at the heart of the undergraduate curriculum? Or used these settings as

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