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District nursing student numbers rise

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The number of students enrolling on district nursing courses in the UK has risen, according to research published by The QNI.

The number of students due to qualify as district nurses has risen by 38 per cent since last year, from 254 to 351 this year. There are also 427 new entrants to the district nurse programme in the UK (including Scotland). Of these, 30 per cent are registered on the part-time route. In addition to this, there has been a 25 per cent increase in the number of universities running a district nursing course in England in comparison to 2012/13.

Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the QNI, said: ‘The new figures are hugely encouraging. This year we have seen an increase in the number of institutions offering the District Nursing SPQ, and a large overall rise in the number of enrolled students. However, this is only part of the picture and suitable employment opportunities must also exist.'

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