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Sharp decline in district nursing workforce poses threat to patient safety

 

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Sharp decline in district nursing workforce poses threat to patient safety

The UK’s district nurse workforce is under severe threat due to long-term underinvestment in training, education and skills, posing a direct threat to patient safety, warn the authors of a new, independent report, commissioned by the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The report is the first general review of the district nursing profession to be released since 2014. The findings reveal an evolving healthcare workforce crisis, set against a backdrop of rising demand for district nursing services across all UK regions.