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District Nursing

The Nursing and Midwifery Task Group report (DoH 2020) highlights that significant transformation of nursing and midwifery services is essential to the stability and sustainability of the Northern Ireland HSC system. The vision for District Nursing (District Nursing Framework DoH 2018) is that it will be an innovative, collaborative and transformed service delivering high quality, safe effective, person and family centred care. The District Nursing Career Pathway is a key outcome in realising this vision. The Chief Nursing Officer commissioned NIPEC to develop the career pathway, in partnership with Public Health Agency and other key stakeholders in HSC Trusts, Education Providers, RCN and staff side organisations. Find out more about the project.

View the Career Pathway document.

The Career Pathway comprises core competencies, education requirements and job descriptions to enable a standardised approach to the continued development of the six main roles within District Nursing, including the role of Senior Nursing Assistant. You can also listen to practitioners who are employed in each of the roles by watching their individual video clips, click on each of the roles to view the clips.

A new information sheet has been developed for those interested in applying for a senior Clinical District Nursing role which requires a Master’s Degree or equivalent and NMC V300 non-medical prescribing qualification. Click here to view the information.