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Westminster to invest in community nursing

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NHS Westminster has announced it will invest £3.6m in community nursing care over the next three years.

The PCT is planning to recruit over 80 extra staff, ranging from HCAs to district nurses, to allow more patients to receive care within their homes.

The new investment will also allow community nurses much closer liaison with GP practices and social care colleagues, according to the trust.

A programme of learning will increase the knowledge and skills of all staff to ensure they are better able to care for patients who prefer to be cared for at home than in hospital.

Priority areas for community nurses will be to coordinate the care of those with long-term conditions and connect people in the end of life period with the necessary services.

Other key objectives will be to provide information on how to better manage and prevent illness and to encourage people to live healthier lifestyles.

Chief executive of NHS Westminster, Michael Scott, said: ‘Community nursing will be transformed under this programme to bring the most specialised hospital level care out to patients in their own homes.’

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