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Nurses need to keep it on the record

Undoubtedly, the challenges faced by community nurses are on the rise due — but not limited to — several factors: the NHS being under severe financial scrutiny; the drive for a seven-day service; policies that mean more care is being delivered in the community setting; and rising patient numbers resulting in less time available to spend with each patient. Coupled with a reduction in recruitment which means that there still aren’t enough nurses in the profession, this is a potent mix of factors that has contributed to a creaking NHS.