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District nursing’s survival is vital to a modern healthcare system

Once predicted to be facing ‘extinction’ by the RCN, is the value of nursing in the community starting to be recognised? A new think tank aims to find out.
Is the role nursing plays outside of hospitals finally being recognised? Picture: Science Photo Library

Once predicted to be facing ‘extinction’ by the RCN, is the value of nursing in the community starting to be recognised? A new think tank aims to find out.

  • Despite a greater commitment to district nursing, numbers are still down
  • Wales wants to extend safe staffing legislation in district and community nursing and health visiting
  • Think tank the International Community Nursing Observatory has been launched to communicate the value of district nursing

Five years ago, the RCN warned that district nursing was facing ‘extinction’ by 2025 as staff numbers were declining so alarmingly. Despite successive governments pledging to shift the focus of care from hospital to community,

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