Understanding safe caseloads in the district nursing service: a QNI report

Queen’s Nursing Institute
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Summarises the challenges in managing safe caseloads in the district nursing service, and points to specific actions to improve and safeguard the future quality of services. The District Nursing Service provides nursing care and support for patients, families and carers in homes and communities in every part of the UK. District nursing teams comprise the district nurse team leader, registered nurses and health care support workers, and may include allied health professionals and social care workers. The document provides a thematic overview of the issues that should be taken into account when determining a safe caseload. These include: patient need; complexity of care required; rate of hospital discharge; skill mix within the team; capacity of other health and social care services; use of technology; and local geographic factors such as housing. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
district nurses, multidisciplinary teams, community care, caseload;
Content type:
practice guidance
United Kingdom
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