A comprehensive package which will mean that millions of people with long-term neurological conditions will get faster diagnosis and more rapid treatment has been welcomed by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA).
The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for District Nursing, Rosemary McQuarrie welcomed
the new National Service Framework (NSF) for Long Term Conditions.
She said: ‘There are now a growing number of modern matrons and community matrons in post. These nurses have the knowledge and skills to be able to care for these patients and ensure an improved quality of life for them and their carers.’
‘Community matrons, many of who will be experienced district nurses, will provide holistic packages of care for these patients and reduce the need for unplanned admission to hospital.’
The NSF is designed to transform health and social care services and help people with conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and acquired brain and spinal cord injuries to live as full and independent a life as possible.
About 10 million people in the UK have a neurological condition. These account for 20% of acute hospital admissions and are the third-most common reason for seeing a GP. More than one million people attend accident and emergency departments, each year with a head injury, which can lead to long term neurological damage.