Analysis

Mounting pressures on district nursing laid bare in new report

District nursing services help people receive care in their own homes, but pressures are compromising quality warns research from health think tank The King’s Fund.
Vicky Smith

District nursing services help people receive care in their own homes, but pressures are compromising quality warns research from health think tank The King’s Fund

A new report offers comprehensive evidence on the state of district nursing and urges NHS leaders to recognise the vital, strategic importance of the service.

By far the most significant obstacle to delivering good care is the ‘profound and growing’ gap between the demands on the service and its capacity to meet those demands, it says.

‘Our research indicates activity has increased over the years, both in terms of the number of patients seen and the complexity of care provided,’ says The King's Fund.

Staff well-being
20%

Approximate proportion of NHS spending on community health services in England in 2014-15 on district nursing – about 2% of the total NHS budget

It offers examples of an increasingly

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