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Crystal Oldman: Policymakers should shadow a district nurse for a day

To truly understand the highly skilled, complex care delivered by district nurses in thousands of homes every day, policymakers need to see these specialist practitioners in action, says QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman
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To truly understand the highly skilled, complex care delivered by district nurses in thousands of homes every day, policymakers need to see these specialist practitioners in action, says QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman

Four years ago, the Queen’s Nursing Institute called for a coherent workforce strategy that would address recruitment and retention as well as development of the current workforce.

At the time, proposed changes to nurse education, an ageing workforce and increasing complexity of care meant a perfect storm was brewing in nursing.

Now, with a recent report from the Health Foundation saying that NHS workforce planning is not fit for purpose, it appears we are in the eye of that storm.

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