Developing a caseload model to reflect the complexity of district and community nursing
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Developing a caseload model to reflect the complexity of district and community nursing

Toni Wright Research fellow, England Centre for Practice Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
Carolyn Jackson Director, England Centre for Practice Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
Kim Manley Chair of practice development and innovation, Canterbury Christ Church University
Anne Martin Research fellow for practice development, Canterbury Christ Church University
Alison Leary Chair of health care and workforce modelling, London South Bank University

There is a lack of research on models for community healthcare providers to determine optimum caseloads. Here, members of the England Centre for Practice Development describe a data-collection tool to support workforce planning

A study by the England Centre for Practice Development proposes to develop and evaluate an optimum caseload model for district and community nursing, building on two rounds of funded pilot research in the south east of England using the Cassandra MatrixTM. It addresses national calls for a strategic capacity-and-demand model to measure and reflect the multidimensional complexity of the community nursing workload, maximising the potential of the workforce to meet the needs of clients with increasingly complex comorbidities and interdependencies. It also addresses the ambitions of the NHS Five Year Forward View to enable planned growth of the workforce for the future.

Primary Health Care. 25, 7,32-33. doi: 10.7748/phc.25.7.32.e1057

Correspondence

toni.wright@canterbury.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind peer review and checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 18 June 2015

Accepted: 24 June 2015