ECPD helps district nursing services in England with care delivery

23 March 2017

An evidence review by the England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD) for NHS Improvement has helped to form a new improvement resource that aims to standardise safe, sustainable and productive staffing decisions in district nursing services in England.

All 16 recommendations made by the ECPD within the evidence review have been adopted. The recommendations aim to improve the way in which workforce planning, research, education and innovation work together, to create a workforce that is able to support the delivery of new models of care in community settings across the country.

The improvement resource is designed to support staff in district nursing services, from the team leader of the district nursing service to the board of directors that are involved in establishing the numbers of nurses needed to deliver care.

It is closely aligned with Leading Change, Adding Value framework launched by the NHS England in 2016, for “every nursing, midwifery and care professional, in all settings, (to) use to ensure that we achieve the best quality of experience for our patients and people, the best health and well-being outcomes for our populations, and use finite resources wisely to get best value for every pound spent”.

The review and recommendations by the ECPD focused on one of the commitments of Leading Change, Adding Value, that states: “we will have the right staff in the right places and at the right time” to achieve the triple aim of better outcomes, better patient and staff experiences, and better use of resources.

Carolyn Jackson, Director of the England Centre for Practice Development said: “We have been delighted to work with NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop evidence based resources that can inform the strategic work of the National Quality Board. 

“In particular working collaboratively with Professor Alison Leary at London South Bank University, Dr Jane Ball at Southampton University, Professor Vari Drennan at Kingston St George’s University and Dr Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive at the Queens Nursing Institute.

“It has been a pleasure to develop some practical resources that can be useful to district nursing services, managers and policy makers across England. We hope that this resource will enable high quality evidence informed care to be delivered by a well skilled workforce that is supported to develop and lead the future models of care required to underpin the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans across England”.

You can read the resource to help standardise safe, sustainable and productive staffing decisions in the district nursing service here.

Notes to editors

  • NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as independent providers that provide NHS-funded care. It offers the support these providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, it helps the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future. 
  • The Engalnd Centre for Practice Development is hosted by The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University. As a national research, evaluation and innovation, it is committed to creating cultures that enable innovation in health and social care practice, at the point of care, to ensure that they are person centered, safe and effective.

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