The chief nursing officer for England has said the government’s plans to promote rehabilitation care will boost the role of senior nurses.
Dame Christine Beasley’s comments follow health secretary Andrew Lansley’s announcement last week that hospitals will be made “responsible” for care 30 days after discharge.
The aim is to improve “re-ablement” care and joint working between community and hospital.
Dame Christine said in a statement to Nursing Times: “Community nurses are at the heart of making sure there is a smooth and successful transition for patients from acute care to their home.
“The Secretary of state’s recent announcement will give nurses an increased leadership role both within the community and hospital.”
Senior nurse leaders told Nursing Times the changes, if they are to work, will require investment. They may also require community nurses to be employed by hospital trusts, they said.