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District Nursing

The future heralds a new emerging – and enhanced role for district nurses as part of the Government’s healthcare agenda for the next decade. The Amicus/CPHVA's Strategy for District Nursing which we hope will strengthen the role for district nurses and provide a proper career structure within district nursing.
Devolution in the UK means that each constituent country is developing its own healthcare policy. This has implications for district nurses and the Amicus/CPHVA makes representations to ensure that district nurse role is properly understood and valued.

The government has issued new guidance on infection control in care homes, it can be accessed on

21/06/06 - Doctors are failing to tell diabetic people about UK driving rules
Many health professionals are still not telling insulin treated diabetic patients that they should check their blood glucose before driving. Under the regulations of the United Kingdom’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, insulin dependent diabetic patients must inform the agency of their condition, must test their blood glucose before they drive, and must wait 45 minutes to drive after they have had a hypoglycaemic attack. There are about five fatal crashes a year involving hypoglycaemia and 45 serious events a month, according to police notifications to the agency. Source: BMJ 2006;332:812 8 April 2006

12/06/06 - The CNO's bulletin for June 2006 contains information on the following:

1) reorganisation of PCTs and SHAs; this should lead to new opportunities for nurses to take on new and extended roles in the community
2) treating patients with dignity
3) the Health and Social care awards
4) auditing midwifery services
5) delivering the 18wk pathway from GP referral to hospital treatment
5) improvements in palliative care
6) new guidance to tackle obesity
7) new skills and competency framework for safeguarding

It can be downloaded at

13/04/06: Please see the new Green Pages on the members' area. This month there is information about the new Amicus/CPHVA structures, some further information about NICE consultations, and information about the work of the nursery nurse forum, amongst other items.

NMC - The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - revised post-registration requirements - Aug. 2006

District Nursing and the Amicus/CPHVA

District Nursing Leaflet

District Nursing at the Crossroads - Amicus/CPHVA Perspective (District Nursing Framework - Strategy) and Press Release

Nurse Prescribing

Workforce survey




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