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District nurses: new survey aims to understand the challenges they face

Queen’s Nursing Institute also asks about career development and use of technology  

Queen’s Nursing Institute also asks about career development and use of technology  


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District nursing team leaders are being asked to share the challenges they are facing in an online survey by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

The feedback will be used to help the QNI understand how patient care is delivered, and will inform changes needed to improve the district nursing service across the UK.

In the first survey of its kind since 2014, the charity wants to know how team leaders feel the service has changed in the past five years, and how increasing workloads are being managed as more care is delivered in the community.

The survey also asks how district nurses would like to develop their roles, and how this could improve patient care. 

Technology and travel 

Other topics covered include:  

  • How district nurses are adapting to changes in technology at work, such as using tablets, laptops or smartphones.
  • Travelling to work.
  • Working with primary care networks.
  • Retirement.

The QNI also wants to hear respondents’ views on the suggestion to merge the roles of district nurse and general practice nurse.

Investment and support


Crystal Oldman

QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said: ‘I would strongly encourage all district nurse team leaders across the UK to complete the survey.

‘Your views and experiences will help the QNI to understand the current challenges in the district nursing service, and will provide the data needed to determine what new investment and support can be given to strengthen services in future.’

The online survey will be open until 15 July, and results will be published in November. 


Complete the online survey 

UK-wide district nursing team leaders’ survey 2019


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