Field Specific Standards for Specialisms in Community Nursing

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has been working with representatives from health and social care organisations from the four countries of the UK to develop Field Specific Standards for six fields of practice in community nursing. Representatives include national organisations, academics, managers, clinicians, front line staff, and service users/patients/experts by experience/carers/families. We are very grateful to all those who contributed to the process. In July 2023, Standards have been published for the following specialisms: 

  • Adult Social Care Nursing
  • Community Children’s Nursing
  • Community Mental Health Nursing
  • District Nursing
  • General Practice Nursing
  • Inclusion Health Nursing

Invitation to higher education institutions

We welcome enquiries now from HEIs that wish to start the endorsement process for courses beginning in 2023 and 2024. The normal fee for QNI endorsement of an SPQ course will be £2,000 for a first SPQ and £250 for any additional SPQ, for each institution seeking endorsement. Please complete the form below and we will contact you with further information. The form lists nine specialisms, as three further Standards will be published later this year in addition to the six listed above.

Note on Mapping

The QNI Field Specific Standards for Specialist Practitioner Qualifications (SPQ) have been built on the NMC SPQ standards (NMC 2022) and are mapped to those standards where this was considered necessary. They are also mapped to the four Pillars of Advanced Practice. 

The four pillars (domains) of advanced practice as described by the Health Education England Advanced Practice Toolkit Framework (2017) are:

  • Domain 1 – Clinical Care
  • Domain 2 – Leadership and Management
  • Domain 3 – Education and Assessing Learning
  • Domain 4 – Evidence, Research and Development.


If you or your institution would like to express interest in our Field Specific Standards for SPQs, or you have any queries, please contact us using the form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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