A key part of our forward plan is influencing community nursing policy and practice by looking to the future and drawing on the lessons of the past. Here we will detail some of the policy initiatives that QNIS has published. For any questions on the work below, contact the policy team on 0131 229 233 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Primary Care Clinical Professions Group
QNIS is one of the established members of the Primary Care Clinical Professions Group. This group includes other professional bodies from across Scotland: Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of General Practitioners, Allied Health Professionals Federation, Optometry Scotland, Community Pharmacy Scotland, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, British Dental Association.
The purpose of the group is to be more than the sum of its parts, to be a powerful voice for change in primary care. Already, the definition of primary care developed by the group has been adopted by Scottish Government.
Future of Primary Care: a view from the professions This document sets out 21 principles which we believe should underpin the future of primary care services. It also proposes a definition of Primary Care for Scotland:
Most of the time, people use their own personal and community assets to manage their health and wellbeing and achieve the outcomes that matter to them. Primary care professionals enhance this by providing accessible health care and support to individuals and families in the community, when it is needed, at whatever stage of life.
Primary care is provided by generalist health professionals, working together in multidisciplinary and multiagency networks across sectors, with access to the expertise of specialist colleagues. All primary care professionals work flexibly using local knowledge, clinical expertise and a continuously supportive and enabling relationship with the person to make shared decisions about their care and help them to manage their own health and wellbeing.
Primary care is delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When people need urgent care out of core service hours, generalist primary care professionals provide support and advice which connects people to the services they need, in a crisis, in a timely
A Digital Strategy for 2017 and beyond: a view from the professions This is a response to a Scottish Government Consultation. It calls for the Scottish Government to produce a digital strategy which enables record sharing across Primary Care.
QNIS have individually responded to other policy initiatives and consultations. The most recent of these responses can be found below:
Chief Nursing Officer Developing a 2030 Nursing Vision – December 2016: the QNIS response to the CNO’s policy initiative, seeking to set out what nursing should be like by 2030. Among others, we made calls for increased investment in suitable digital technology, flexible post-graduate education and support for those in acute wishing to move into the community based workforce.