In East Cheshire, our Community Nurse teams work in 5 Care Communities covering areas such as Macclesfield, Holmes Chapel, Wilmslow, Handforth and Congleton, to name a few. It is a really exciting opportunity to join an innovative team who are leading the way in integrated working. Closer working relationships with colleagues in Therapies and Social Services have been formed, as part of the Care Communities with new programmes and projects being developed with other specialties, supporting multi-professional working.
Our teams have adopted "Buurtzorg" principles; a pioneering, nurse-led model of holistic care that revolutionised community care in the Netherlands. These principles allow for the traditional management structure to be replaced by a coaching model which allows for consensus decision making within the nursing team without having to consult within the traditional nursing hierarchy. This has led to more empowered team efficiencies and service improvements within the care communities.
The teams work remotely with iPads and are paper light; with all patient records being on a computer system accessed on the iPad and offer opportunities for personal development and rotation between teams and locations. Many of the team are qualified mentors, which allows us to offer excellent preceptorship for newly qualified nurses.The teams have strong links with Chester University and MMU and there is the opportunity to undertake training such as: V150 prescribing course (fully funded), Specialist Practitioner District Nursing Course (MSc, fully funded), BSc modules, Mentorship module, Palliative Care training with End of Life Partnership, Syringe Driver training, Mental Health Simulation training, Leadership training and Bladder and Bowel training.
Being part of our teams is an opportunity to take forward the expanding role of community nursing within the multi-disciplinary neighbourhood teams to meet the long term condition agenda and the needs of our elderly population.
See below for some of the recent feedback obtained from students nurses on placement within the District Nurse teams:
'Opportunity to provide personalised patient-centred care'
'Job satisfaction and using time management to give patients the best care. When you are in a patients house you can focus your full attention on them and not feel pulled away by phone calls, drug rounds, buzzers etc'
'Ability to develop therapeutic relationships with patients'
'Be part of supportive friendly teams who encourage nurses with a variety of backgrounds and skills to compliment their service'
'Autonomous working but always someone on the end of a phone to offer support'
'Teams are open to change if it enables the delivery of high quality care. District Nursing teams always put patients first'
'Great supportive environment for students offering teaching, training and education on a 1-1 basis'
'Work closely with communities and other agencies as part of the community hub to develop future services and patient health and well being'