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Endorsement for voluntary district nurse standards

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A set of voluntary standards for district nursing have received widespread endorsement from educational, professional and charitable organisations.

In September 2015 the Queen’s Nursing Institute and Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland jointly published new Voluntary Standards on District Nurse Education and Practice.

The standards, which focus on both practice and education, were developed to update and enhance the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards – originally published in 1994 –and help shape university training courses.

They cover four main areas – clinical care, leadership and operational management, facilitation of learning, and evidence, research and development.

The QNI has announced that they have now been officially endorsed by a number of voluntary, statutory and workforce organisations.

The organisations that have so far endorsed the new standards are Health Education England, the Association of District Nurse Educators, and the National District Nursing Network.

“The standards reflect a consensus view of the role of the district nurse in the 21st century”

Crystal Oldman

Others include the unions the Royal College of Nursing and the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association, and the charities Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie.

QNI chief executive Dr Crystal Oldman said: “We are delighted that so many influential organisations in healthcare have recognised the vital importance of the QNI/QNIS voluntary standards.

“The standards reflect a consensus view of the role of the district nurse in the 21st century, which is fundamental to the delivery of excellent care in peoples’ homes and communities: a shared purpose for all of the endorsing organisations,” she said.

QNIS chief executive Clare Cable added: “A huge amount of work went in to developing the voluntary standards, and these endorsements reinforce their usefulness as we shape the future of district nursing across the four countries of the UK.”

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, director of nursing at Health Education England, said the document represented a “step forward in setting and establishing the standards that underpin the delivery of high-quality patient care”.

“The standards accurately reflect the role of the modern district nurse while providing a framework for the future”

David Pugh

She highlighted that HEE had published its District Nursing and General Practice Nursing Service career framework in November.

David Pugh, chair of the National District Nursing Network, said: “I would like to give our full endorsement to the voluntary standards for District Nursing education and practice.

“The majority of our members are from provider organisations and I feel that the standards accurately reflect the role of the modern district nurse whilst, at the same time, providing a framework for the future of district nursing,” he added.

The QNI and QNIS recommend that the new voluntary standards are adopted by all education providers currently offering the NMC approved Specialist Practice District Nurse programme.

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