The Review of Nursing in the Community has proposed a new service delivery model for Scotland that aims to meet the challenges nurses face now, and will face in the future. The model, which is based on seven key elements of practice, is currently being piloted in four NHS board areas: NHS Borders, NHS Highland, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside. The pilot will be formally evaluated through 2009-2010 to provide the evidence the Scottish Government needs to decide on the future shape of nursing services in the community.
As part of the evaluation process, a baseline study was carried out before the model’s introduction in the pilot NHS board areas in order to gather information on the current role of community nurses and their views on the new model which will be tested. This leaflet highlights the key findings from this study and the Scottish Government’s next steps following this baseline study.