Future of Specialist Practice Qualifications in district nursing for band 6 leadership roles

Carlin, Alexandra and Chesters, Anna (2019) Future of Specialist Practice Qualifications in district nursing for band 6 leadership roles. British Journal of Community Nursing, 24 (1). pp. 10-15. ISSN 1462-4753

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2019.24.1.10

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Abstract

District nurse numbers in the UK are rapidly declining. To overcome this severe staff shortage, one community trust in a rural county appointed 'case managers' (nurses without Specialist Practice Qualifications in district nursing [SPQDN]) in band 6 leadership roles that were traditionally held by district nurses. Here, we aimed to establish the value of the SPQDN to determine if there is a future for the conventionally accepted DN role, instead of case managers. The study used an exploratory mixed-methods design. Using the classic e-Delphi technique, data were collected over 5 months from 10 purposively sampled senior nurse managers employed by the community trust who formed an expert panel. In round one, the panellists provided three responses each to the question 'what is the future for district nurse specialist practitioner qualifications in [the trust] for band 6 leadership roles?' In rounds two and three, they answered a close-ended questionnaire using a 3-point Likert scale. The core findings suggest that SPQDN and the district nurse role are considered extremely valuable (both achieving 100% consensus). Additional findings are linked to four core themes, namely, (1) SPQDN, (2) clinical practice educators, (3) workforce and (4) leadership. This study recommends continued investment in SPQDN and the district nurse role with the use of succession planning for workforce management..

Keywords:Specialist Practice Qualification in District Nursing, Leadership, Clinical Practice Educator, Workforce, Succession planning, District Nurse
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B711 District Nursing
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B700 Nursing
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B710 Community Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:34640
Deposited On:12 Feb 2019 14:01

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