Pillars of the community: the RCN’s UK position on the development of the registered nursing workforce in the community, August 2010, RCN
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This policy statement highlights 27 core conditions that the Royal College of Nursing believes should be satisfied for community services to survive and develop as more care is delivered closer to home, while helping health services throughout the UK to become more efficient.
The Royal College of Nursing has launched a new policy statement on community nursing.
The statement highlights 27 core conditions that the RCN believes must be satisfied for community services to survive and develop as more care is delivered closer to home; while helping the health services throughout the UK to become more efficient.
The RCN says that nursing staff working in the community are and will continue to be a reassuring mainstay of locally-delivered health care. RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter says:
“Our new vision recognises the standing of the service they provide and its value in the delivery of the right care to patients, in the right place and at the right time. It gives us a solid platform from which to champion with healthcare employers, providers, policy makers and politicians the climate that is needed to deliver effective community nursing and patient care.
“The world of community health care is changing rapidly in all four nations of the UK. This policy statement enables the RCN, as the voice of nursing, to be clear and consistent in its contribution to the development of community nursing services whilst respecting the differences in health care structures and reforms that come with devolved decision-making.”
The RCN will lobby for its policy statement to be applied in its entirety whenever community-based patient services are being reformed or restructured.
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