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Why the district nurse title is under threat – and what you need to do about it

The suggested removal of the district nurse specialist practice qualification poses an existential threat to district nurses

The suggested removal of the district nurse specialist practice qualification poses an existential threat to district nurses

The district nurse (DN) title was documented as early as 1859, almost 100 years before the NHS was established. Since then the role has adapted and responded to many changes: an ageing population which has increased demand and expectation; rising patient acuity accompanied by multimorbidity and complex conditions; requirements for advanced consultation, diagnostic and prescribing skills becoming routine; and resourcing issues that affect caseload management.

District nurse specialist practice qualification is transformational

Newer challenges include integration into primary care networks as a member of the wider multidisciplinary team and the delivery of exceptional, person-centred care through the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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