Advanced physical assessment: the role of the district nurse
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Advanced physical assessment: the role of the district nurse

Heather Baid Clinical mentor for physical assessment
Christine Bartlett Formerly district nurse team leader, South Downs Health NHS Trust
Susan Gilhooly Practice development manager
Andrea Illingworth Practice development manager
Suzanne Winder Community matron, South Downs Health NHS Trust, Brighton

This article describes an initiative by an NHS trust to support its district nurses in developing and using physical examination skills as part of patient assessment. The article outlines the process and suggests that the initiative is important to help meet the needs of older patients with long-term conditions.

Nursing Standard. 23, 35,41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.05.23.35.41.c6958

Correspondence

andrea.illingworth@southdowns.nhs.trust

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review