Commissioners are being urged to "expand and enhance" community nursing roles to prevent rising costs in healthcare.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called for a renewed investment in community nursing, claiming it is both "essential and affordable".
An RCN report 'Community nursing: transforming health care' highlights the value of community nursing. It includes nine case studies, including:
A custody nurse practitioner, who helped to create a new custody nursing service at the Metropolitan Police;
A district nurse in Lincolnshire who piloted an end of life care guide, while on secondment with the Department of Health; and
A project in Northern Ireland working with vulnerable young women having their first baby, including providing extra support tailored to the specific needs of the family.
"A renewed investment in the community nursing workforce is essential to people's health and is also affordable. If the nation fails to invest in community nursing, the long-term costs of health are likely to increase," said Dr Peter Carter, the RCN's General Secretary and Chief Executive.
The RCN wants these case studies to inform, inspire and persuade commissioners of services to scrutinise their current community nursing services and identify how they can be both expanded and enhanced – for the benefit of their local population."