The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has published a list of five priorities that it believes are essential for the new government to address within the health and care system.

As an independent charity dedicated to improving nursing care at home and in the community, the QNI highlights the importance of the registered nursing role for the benefit of the individuals, families and communities served.

The five priority areas are:

1. Proactive management of long-term conditions to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital

2. Manage frailty and preventable deterioration amongst care home residents

3. A public health strategy to address health inequalities and the big issues faced by society

4. Improve end-of-life care for all ages

5. Access to services for people with mental health problems of all ages.

The PDF summary below provides more detail about how we believe these areas can be addressed.

The QNI and the community nurses we work with have a wealth of experience in planning and delivering health services to people across the lifespan. Community nurses see the real effects of national policies - good and bad - on the health and wellbeing of the people they support and care for. The QNI's priorities for government are based on this experience, and evidence collated from nurses at all levels in the health and care system. We look forward to working with the new government to help inform and design healthcare policies that are effective, fair and sustainable.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE

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