Notes to editors
1. For further information contact Hetty Crist, Interim Head of Press and Public Affairs, The King’s Fund tel: 020 7307 2679 or email@example.com
2. The way that national workforce data is recorded means that is difficult to make a robust assessment of staffing levels in district nursing services. The available data shows that:
- Following a long period of growth, the number of nurses working in community services fell by 8 per cent between 2009 and 2014.
- The number of staff recorded as working in district nursing posts has fallen dramatically – by 48 per cent between September 2000 and September 2014 (based on annual statistics) and 13.6 per cent between March 2014 and March 2016 (based on monthly statistics).
Some of this decline is accounted for by the Transforming Community Services policy which, since it came into force in March 2011, has resulted in more community health services being delivered by independent and voluntary sector providers. As these organisations are not required to return workforce data, this effectively deflates the figures. However, the impact of this has been limited and we can say with some confidence that there has been a significant fall in the number of nurses working in district nursing teams. This is explained more fully in the report.