Communications Manager at The Queen's Nursing Institute
Excellent comments and let's hope that health service planners take these messages seriously. The District Nursing service has always been an essential part of the NHS and its ability to deliver holistic, patient-centred care to people. With an ageing and growing population this is more the case now than ever before.
Comment on: Focus: A brief history of men in nursing
Really interesting article thank you. Great that it includes mention of the first male District Nurses, who were trained by the Queen's Nursing Institute. One of them wrote about his experiences at the time: https://qniheritage.org.uk/stories/d-j-gillett/
Comment on: 'It’s time to stop talking about moving healthcare into the community – just get on and do it'
Well said - there really is a glaring gap between the rhetoric and the reality about investing in community services. The NHS seems to be getting more reactive and less proactive. Do politicians really believe in investing in prevention rather than cure? Yes, self-care has a big role to play, but many people need community nursing support to achieve this.
From a patient perspective, I agree with the article. Particularly in the period soon after diagnosis, I found myself unable to process new information - I just wanted to be able to trust my clinicians and follow their advice. Having more information is good in theory but we have to work with the emotional and mental state of the patient after diagnosis, which will be different in every case.
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