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Why district nursing should have its own apprenticeship standard

Aa district nurse with a specialist practitioner qualification (DNSPQ), I understand how important this role and the qualification are, not only to patients, but also to delivering the aims of providing care closer to home, as described in the Five year forward view (NHS England, 2014). This has to be led by highly competent, experienced and compassionate district nurses who have the additional training required to ensure the necessary skills and competence.