New vision for district nursing includes interventions within the home such as chemotherapy and intravenous therapy

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Intravenous news: Department of Health report “A new vision and service model for district nursing has been published today. This vision builds on ‘Compassion in Practice’, the national vision for nurses midwives and care staff. It was developed by a strategic partnership of the Department of Health, NHS Commissioning Board Authority, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, and with the district nurse leaders and practitioners. The vision recognises the unique and specialist contribution of district nurses and their teams.”

One of the three core elements includes “Support and care for patients who are unwell, recovering at home and at end of life: Responding when specific expert health intervention is needed e.g. with short-term health issues, or sudden health crises or when patients are discharged from hospital, or have a sudden deterioration in a health condition. Providing interventions within the home including chemotherapy and intravenous therapy. Working with community specialist nurses including community matrons, to deliver specialist care including palliative and end of life care.”

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