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Crystal Oldman: District nurses hold key to easing winter hospital crunch

District nurses are experts in the co-ordination and delivery of complex care in people’s homes, and recruiting more of them could ease winter pressures on hospitals, says QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman.
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District nurses are experts in the co-ordination and delivery of complex care in people’s homes, and recruiting more of them could ease winter pressures on hospitals, says QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens announced that 2,000 to 3,000 extra hospital beds will be freed up in the coming months to help the NHS cope with winter pressures.

This is understandable given the growing number of frail, older people with complex long-term conditions who have an increased risk of falls during winter and are vulnerable to exacerbations of their illnesses. Many also require additional care in the final weeks of their lives.

But evidence shows that hospitals are not always the best places to provide care for older

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