Statement on the decision by NHS Tayside to continue with the Community Health Nurse pilot scheme

16 July 2009

"I am seeking clarification from NHS Tayside on how long it now intends to continue with this pilot.

" I am asking if the extended pilot will deal with aspects of community nursing other than the rejected community health nurse model.

" The idea of the all-purpose community health nurse to replace the time-honoured professional roles of the district nurse, health visitor and school nurse has been abandoned nationally, a move widely welcomed across the nursing profession

"The focus on the way forward in community nursing is now on the needs of particular age groups such as children and the elderly and the particular nursing skills that they require."

Ms. Glen is raising with Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon the cost of continuing the pilot in Tayside and the overall cost of the evaluation of the community health nurse model.

 

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