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. At present two sub-groups made up of District Nurses from each of the HSC Trusts, PHA, RCN, Ulster University and Clinical Education Centre along with colleagues from NIPEC are developing core competencies and identifying the educational/development requirements for the District Nurse role. These have already been developed for the Community Staff Nurse role and are being tested in all of the HSC Trusts and with key stakeholders. If you want to help shape this work contact the lead nurse for District Nursing Services in your Trust and you can give us your comments.

View the back ground information on the Project

View the Agendas and Action Notes

View the Communication update (May 2019) on Neighbourhood District Nursing from the Public Health Agency



Cathy McCusker
Senior Professional Officer
Tel : 0300 300 0066