What is it about?
Part of the ongoing process of National Health Service (NHS) reforms involves bringing about fundamental change in the way that primary health care is delivered in the UK (Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS), 1987; Department of Health (DoH), 1989a, 1996; Standing Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee (SNMAC), 1995). A considerable amount of discursive and legislative documentation has accompanied these reforms, which served to provide a ‘spring- board’ for debate on current and future directions of health-related policy (DoH, 1989b, 1993a,b, 1997, 1998). There has also been a concerted and long- standing request for community nurses to adopt and incorporate both health promotion and educational activities into their workload.
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Why is it important?
In the late 1980s, in its document Promoting Better Health: the Government’s Programme for Improving Primary Health Care, the DHSS (1987), set out to clarify its position for all community nurses in relation to the promotion of health-related practices. This report affirmed that members of the primary healthcare team were well-positioned to accommodate this new direction in their practice and also stated that community nurses were particularly well-placed to initiate such change. The DoH (1992) stated that the opportunity for nurses to adopt a ‘special role’ in promoting health education, in community settings, was ‘unparalleled’ in relation to all the other health professional groups.
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This page is a summary of: The role of community-based nurses in health promotion, British Journal of Community Nursing, December 2000, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2000.5.12.7116.
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