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RCN Scotland

Community nursing in Scotland

What is community nursing in Scotland?

These two RCN Scotland films provide a snapshot of what community nursing is in Scotland – where you’ll find the teams; who they care for; and a few facts and figures.

Work is continuing to deliver the Scottish Government’s 2020 Vision and nursing teams in our communities are playing an increasingly central role in providing care.

Many headlines around nursing in Scotland focus on hospitals, but community teams are under enormous strain too. Community nursing teams must have the skills, knowledge and resources to be able to deliver highly complex clinical care to people in their homes and in homely settings.

Community nursing (part 1)

These teams prevent hospital admissions by providing highly skilled clinical care at home; they help people to manage long-term, often serious, health conditions; and they also provide support where needed after people are discharged from hospital.

District Nurses in particular play a pivotal role in the coordination and involvement of other professional teams, agencies and services to ensure care is delivered at the right time, by the right person with the right skills. The diversity and complex nature of community nursing teams’ caseloads should not be underestimated.

Community nursing (part 2)