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The role of the community nurse in population health management

02 June 2022
Volume 27 · Issue 6

Two community nurse fellows under the Chief Nursing Officer, England, have been tasked with expanding the role of community nurses in population health management, focusing on two outcomes:

This is building onto the engagement work started by Hilary Garratt's Office in 2021, to develop the first ever National Community Nursing Plan (NCNP). The vision of the NCNP is to build and support the Community Nursing Workforce, so that everyone in England has the high-quality care they need, in a place they choose.

Expanding the role of community nurses in population health management was identified as a need by community nurses during initial consultations. Furthermore, population health management is strongly recommended in The NHS Long Term Plan (2019) and the Green Paper on Prevention (Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), 2020) as the preferred approach for addressing the prevention of preventable illnesses. This is achieved by tackling the causes of ill health and social determinants of health, which are responsible for perpetuating health inequalities.

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