NHS Confederation - Nurses are a vital cornerstone of community health care, says community health forum

24 May 2013 11:55 AM

Chair of the NHS Confederation's Community Health Services Forum Michael Scott says community-based health care needs recognition, support and investment

Mr Scott said:

"Across England, patients are clear that they want more and better care provided in their local communities and in their own homes.

"Increased investment in community-based health services will not only help make this a reality, but will also help prevent ill-health and enable early intervention, reducing pressure on other parts of the health system. If we get community health care right, patients may not need to attend A&E or be admitted to an acute hospital in the first place.

"District nurses are a core part of delivering community-based health and care. They are a cornerstone of a multi-disciplinary team providing high quality, personalised health care that helps people stay healthier and more independent for longer.

"The Government's vision for district nursing recognises the unique and specialist role these nurses play in delivering current health services. It is vital that community health services - including nurse-led teams - get the recognition, support and investment they need to continue this vital contribution."


Georgie Agass
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