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The big question: should district and practice nursing teams be merged?


Leading health professionals have said that merging district and practice nursing teams is an almost inevitable consequence of moves to improve community health services.

The idea of having the same nurses perform crossover roles is already being considered in some areas, Nursing Times has learnt.

Ruth Holt, director of nursing at South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust, revealed it was one of several different models likely to be explored in her area in coming months, as part of efforts to reshape and improve community services.

Would you welcome this move?


Readers' comments (4)

  • It seems like a good idea in theory, but will be very problematic. For a start, who will they be employed by? GPs won't want to employ nurses who don't generate any income.

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  • Whoever thought of this is bonkers.
    It shows that nobody knows the differences in the role of the practice nurse and that of the district nurse. We are all just nurses arent we? doing bandages and dressings -nothing more heh?? Wake up guys you need to think again!!

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  • Agree with the two above.
    In my area
    Most Gps are essentially private businesses paid on codes, patient nos and targets.
    District/community teams are paid by the Hospital trust. (since pcts were dissolved)
    In fact for the past few years the community teams cover areas not specific GP practices. I no longer work in that field but feel sorry for the staff if they are going to be re-shuffled yet again.

    and yes Kirsty- it sounds like another case of management not having a clue about how diverse and varied nursing roles actually are.

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  • As a district nurse I undertook clinical work in GP surgeries as there were no practice nurses then. Coming full circle again? An integrated skill mix working without duplication across the community tthere is an idea!

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