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Does district nurse training have a future?

Clarity on the long term funding plans for district nurse training programmes is a matter of urgency to  ensure a creditable workforce plan, writes Crystal Oldman.
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Clarity on the long term funding plans for district nurse training programmes is a matter of urgency to ensure a creditable workforce plan, writes Crystal Oldman.

The King’s Fund report, Reimagining community services: making the most of our assets, adds to the ever-growing body of evidence stressing the importance of community health service and reinforces Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) concerns that ‘the longstanding ambition to strengthen community services has not been realised’.

As our older population increases, ill-health becomes increasingly complex and more people are living with long-term conditions, healthcare services face unprecedented challenges. Community nurses are central to alleviating pressures on services and addressing many of these challenges. This has been reflected in numerous policy documents. The Five Year Forward View, for example, says care in the community ‘needs to become a much larger part of what the NHS does’.

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