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Top district nurse to lead ‘nationally important’ discharge planning work


The Queen’s Nursing Institute has appointed a leading community nurse to lead two government-funded research projects, one of which will focus on how to improve discharge planning.  

Candice Pellett, herself a Queen’s Nurse, will join the QNI for a 12-month period.

She will manage two discrete areas of project work for the community nursing charity. Both projects are funded by the Department of Health.

The Discharge Planning Project will seek ways of improving the vital “transition of care” period between hospital and community healthcare services.

“This work is of national importance and will help inform policy and practice in district nursing services more widely”

Crystal Oldman

Research carried out by the QNI in 2013 identified hospital discharge as one of the most challenging areas of work facing district nurses, with a potentially major impact on patient safety and quality of care.

The second project aims to gather and present evidence to demonstrate the value that studying for the District Nursing Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ) brings to clinical practice.

The QNI said it aimed to publish the results of both pieces of work in 2016.

Prior to joining in the QNI, Ms Pellet was a senior case manager at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

She said: “I have been a district nurse for 20 years, and hope to bring some of the skills and experience from that career to my new role at the QNI.

“These two projects are of huge importance to the district nursing profession, and support the drive to deliver high quality patient care in the community,” she said.

QNI chief executive Dr Crystal Oldman added: “This work is of national importance and will help inform policy and practice in district nursing services more widely and across the landscape of healthcare providers in the coming years.”

Ms Pellett was awarded the OBE in 2014 for services to nursing and healthcare. She became a Queen’s Nurse in 2007, making her one of the first community nurses to be awarded the title when it was reintroduced by the QNI after a gap of almost 40 years.

She was a member of the former Transforming Community Services Board at the Department of Health and was also a member of the Prime Minister’s Care and Quality Forum.


Readers' comments (2)

  • I am qualified DN and have been doing calls to discharged patients within first 48hours. I have prevented many re admissions by reinforcing new medication instructions, picking up wound or pressure sores not identified, giving advice and arranging care services . Audits have proved the service is clearly making a difference and is improving communication between secondary and primary care .

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  • I am a qualified nurse and employed to do post discharge calls daily , visiting if necessary. Very worthwhile and has prevented many re- admissions . However, I have felt very isolated and have had to cover a very large area .

    It is difficult when I have annual leave or any study days as no one willing to cover.
    Community staff should share responsibility of this very worthy task.

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