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District Community Nursing

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many district community nurses are employed by the Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority. (81460)

The number of community district nurses employed in the Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority area is 627 as at 30 September 2005. The number of community district nurses employed by primary care trusts (PCTs) and acute trusts in the SHA area is shown in the table.

Surrey and Sussex SHA

Headcount

Adur, Arun and Worthing PCT

71

Bexhill and Rother PCT

15

Crawley PCT

20

East Elmbridge and Mid-Surrey PCT

51

East Surrey PCT

29

Eastbourne Downs PCT

26

Guildford and Waverley PCT

43

Hastings and St. Leonards PCT

23

Horsham and Chactonbury PCT

54

Mid-Sussex PCT

15

North Surrey PCT

62

South Downs Health National Health Service Trust

46

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust

1

Surrey Heath and Working PCT

53

Sussex Downs and Weald PCT

27

Western Sussex PCT

91

Source: The Information Centre for health and social care, non-medical workforce census 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the future of district community nursing. (81480)

[holding answer 3 July 2006]: District nurses and their teams will play a key role in the future, especially to meet the needs of an ageing population, to support people with long-term conditions and care for people who choose to die at home. There will be a need for nurses with specialist skills and knowledge to lead and provide care for patients in the community. Their role will develop in response to the transfer of care to the community, new technologies, new roles such as community matrons, and patient choice. These changes will require nurses in the community to develop new skills, work in new ways and be part of integrated teams across hospital and community, general practice and social care.