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Community nursing is changing in response to different patient needs and expectations, service redesign and wider workforce changes. Our community services need to ensure we have the capacity and capability to support growing numbers of older people, as well as patients and service users in other age groups who have complex conditions.
There is currently a lot of interest in community nursing and how these services are delivered, in particular district nursing. HEE is continuing to provide support for nurses working in the community to undertake specialist qualifications, with levels of investment in this crucial area of the workforce similar to those of the last five years. Because fewer people are taking up these training places than expected, we are working to identify the reasons.
HEE’s Workforce Strategy (now out for consultation) signals a need to support a more flexible community nursing workforce. As a first step, we are enabling open discussion and constructive conversations among nurses across the health and care system across the country. Our starting point is to ask how the community nursingworkforce might best be equipped with the capacity and capability to meet current and future population care needs.