The number of district nurses in training is nowhere near the 'replacement level' required to maintain the district nursing workforce, according to the Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI)
The QNI contacted the district nursing course leader of every university in England listed with the NMC as an approved provider of the district nursing programme. It found
21 per cent of district nursing courses did not run a cohort in 2012-13. At least 67 per cent of district nursing courses had 10 students or less and 13 per cent had five students or less.
The workforce has shrunk rapidly over the past 10 years as experienced district nurses have left the role, the QNI warns.