Welcoming in the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it’s time to celebrate our profession GP home visits – a necessity, not an indulgence What a sad indictment it is of our society when GPs say they no longer have the capacity to offer care to the most vulnerable, those who are housebound and elderly. 1 comment Sex and disability: The conversation we urgently need to have We want to be part of normalising the conversations around sex and disability, and this also means better supporting professionals who work young people and their diverse needs. The start of the NHS V2.0? There are some reasons for optimism that new Health Secretary Matt Hancock wants to shift the NHS towards primary and community health in a new focus on preventative measures. Personalised care is the way forward for nurses Chief executive of the Queen's Nursing Institute, Crystal Oldman, explains how personalised care will benefit the profession If we won’t help our nurses, who will? John Orchard, chief executive at Cavell Nurses' Trust, asks who is there to help nurses seeking support? The bright future of nursing leadership The QNI has begun its leadership programme 2 comments Your views will help the NHS improve community nursing Within the QNI networks, there has for some time been a growing level of concern about the capacity and organisation of the community nursing workforce to meet the needs of the changing profile of our population Look to the future of primary care A new year brings a sense of new beginnings, renewed hope, goals and aspirations, both personally and professionally District nursing needs a lifeline ?The challenges in delivering the district nursing service have been much debated in the last two weeks Innovations in the community Crystal Oldman discusses using patient feedback and tackling loneliness Discharge planning is still a priority In 2014, the QNI published a survey of more than 1000 district nurses. Three major issues were identified from the data: workforce, mobile working and discharge planning. Society's most at risk deserve more GPs are currently debating whether their responsibilities under the current GP contract should include home visits for patients who are living in care homes writes Crystal Oldman Primary care nursing in 2015 and 2016 The NHS has once again had a big year. Seeta Bhardwa speaks to primary care nurses on the ground on their reflections and predictions for the next year District nurses can improve carers’ lives Caregiving is an issue which could affect us all at some point in our lives, says Marina Lupari. Supporting nurses' transition to practice One of the many attractions of entering the nursing profession is the variety of careers that it can offer. Community nursing crucial to good care Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer at NHS England, discusses the importance of community nursing and health visiting. 1 comment Updating district nursing standards The current NMC standards for specialist practice in district nursing, which lead to a recordable qualification in district nursing and other community specialist qualifications, were published in 1994. A bright future for community care We know our health service needs to change, says Crystal Oldman. The future: better the devil you know? So here we are, in post-election Britain. By now you have likely either got over the shock or the euphoria. 1 comment Inequality requires a shift in community nursing I was skating on the surface of one community for about nine months before the residents trusted me enough to tell me what was really going on. Improving district nursing for all In 2014 the QNI published the landmark document 2020 Vision: Reassessing the future of district nursing. Politicians must recognise carers The election frenzy has started. The main political parties have presented their manifestos and there is a pressing need to understand the implications of the health policies within their proposals for reform and change. 2014: A year of growth As we head towards the end of 2014, I have been reflecting on the year’s challenges and achievements. The language of care The QNI annual conference provided an opportunity for thought and reflection in response to our excellent speakers.