An innovative scheme that sees nurses visit patients where they live improves care for people with lung disease, frees up hospital beds and saves health service resources, according to researchers.
The ongoing decline in district nurse numbers is contributing to the winter pressures currently facing hospitals, as it is reducing the ability to treat people at home, a community nurse leader has warned.
An annual survey of people’s experiences of using community mental healthcare shows “limited progress” overall, with a decline in performance in some service areas, according to regulators.
Nurse leaders have sought to reassure community nurses that the “haemorrhaging” of staff is not going unnoticed at a national level and that work is underway to address the problem.
Almost all district nursing course providers have “major concerns” about the future funding and viability of their programmes, according to survey findings from a leading nursing charity.
A Sheffield community nurse has been awarded the title of Queen’s nurse after nearly three decades of service to the NHS.
Patients with advanced dementia receive little support from community or specialist nurses, despite experiencing chronic pain and psychological symptoms, research in London suggests.
A district nurse specialist practitioner from Airedale Hospital in Yorkshire has been awarded the title of Queen’s nurse, in recognition of her high standards of practice and patient care.
Only around 15% of hospital children’s services are backed up by a full-time community nursing service, creating difficulty in discharging children early, the authors of an audit report have warned.
Patients going into hospital from care homes should be given a special red bag to allow for an easier stay and quicker discharge, according to NHS England.