Career Pathway for District Nursing

Cathy McCusker

Cathy McCusker, Senior Professional Officer

The District Nursing Framework (2018) published by the Department of Health sets out the way forward for the delivery of a world class district nursing service that will be available 24 hours a day. It is designed to support the delivery of safe and effective person centred care by district nurses and their teams in community settings, in line with the overall ambitions of Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together (DOH 2016).

NIPEC on behalf of the Chief Nursing Officer is leading the development of a career pathway to promote and support District Nursing roles in NI. The Project Steering Group is chaired by Gabby Tinsley, who was a Community Divisional Nurse, Adult, Community & Older Peoples Service. Core competencies and educational/development requirements have been developed and tested with District Nursing teams for the core roles within the District Nursing career pathway. These have been developed for the following roles: Senior Nursing Assistant, Community Staff Nurse, Senior Community Staff Nurse, District Nurse, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Consultant Nurse. The writing group made up of District Nurses, HR, Regional Trade Union Forum, CEC, Ulster University, PHA & NIPEC are drafting Job Descriptions (JD) for the core roles. The District Nurse JD has been job matched and evaluated as a Band 7.

View the Community Staff Nurse Competence Assessment Tool 

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