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Rising numbers take district nurse qualification

20 November 2020

The number of new students who started a district nurse specialist practitioner qualification (DN SPQ) programme in 2018-19 rose to 693, an increase of 34 students (5%) since 2017-18. 

The figures were revealed in the seventh annual report into DN education in the UK from the Queen’s Nurse Institute (QNI).

And in 2019, 518 DN SPQs qualified, compared with 500 in 2018. This represents an increase of 4% newly qualified DN SPQs, the report said.

The QNI’s chief executive, Dr Crystal Oldman, described the rise in numbers as ‘extremely encouraging’.

But almost all university respondents were concerned about the loss of funding, seeing the apprenticeship model as a possible alternative.

However, more than 50% of respondents were involved in a now approved application to form a ‘trail blazer’ group for the DN apprenticeship standards. 

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