Royal College of Nursing Representing nurses and nursing, promoting excellence in practice, shaping health policies

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Our work

Find out more about the work of the RCN District and Community Nursing Forum and the other organisations we work with

Our forum strategy

  • Providing a voice for forum members at local and national levels.
  • Supporting professional development and revalidation requirements.
  • Providing leadership for forum members.
  • Establishing an active network of district nurses and their teams.
  • Promoting and sharing best practice in district nursing.
  • Engaging with policy and influencing policy makers.
  • Partnering with other key community nursing organisations.

Our forum vision

  • Increase and maintain a visible presence for district nursing.
  • Engage with social media to promote district nursing and share good practice.
  • Contribute to strategy and position statements.
  • Be active at Congress by raising and debating issues.
  • Link with regions and listening to members.
  • Facilitate 'sharing best practice' events.
  • Research and write for publications.

What we are currently working on:

The Royal College of Nursing District Nursing Forum seeks to represent the role of the District Nurse, and the community teams that they lead, at a national level.

At a time when continuing professional development is under threat, we seek to promote the importance of the Specialist Practice Qualification for leaders of teams, to raise the profile of the fundamental and vital roles undertaken by District Nurses and their teams and the impact of an ageing population, increased patient acuity and austerity measures on day to day caseload management.

We represent District Nursing across several work streams, always aiming to raise our profile as a profession, provide a positive input and support our colleagues across a variety of service provision.

The RCN DN Forum, where appropriate, works to raise the profile of District Nursing alongside:

  • Queen’s Nursing Institute
  • Health Education England
  • Association of District Nurse Educators
  • National District Nurses Network

Driving Quality Care at Home

This sketch animation was created by the RCN District Nursing Steering Group to highlight the work that District Nurses do. Key themes are who makes up the team, person-centred care, the location of care and the voice of the patient in their care. We hope you like it!

The film is applicable to all four countries, available for download and suitable to show to patients on their nurses' laptop, tablet or phone.  Please feel free to watch the video, download and show it to your patients. Link to share: 

Page last updated - 09/01/2021