On Monday 11th March 2019, Caroline Dinenage, MP, Minister of State for Care visited Harold Hill Health Centre to observe first hand the work of the District Nursing team. It was a short visit and she did not have time to meet all members of the Integrated Care team, but was introduced to the co-located social work team.
After a brief explanation of the role of the district nurse service and the complexity of their workload, she accompanied District Nurse Liz Alderton on two patient visits. She showed interest in the care provided and was very keen to understand the problems and challenges associated with the role. Liz, who is passionate about informing people of the importance of community nursing and who frequently provides shadowing experiences in order to do this, said it was an honour to showcase the high quality, patient centred work provided by the district nursing team.
Caroline later said on Twitter that it was a great experience and she was “inspired to see first hand the challenging, rewarding and vital work of district nurses, supporting people in our communities”.
Such a great experience to work-shadow fantastic @TheQNI district nurse @alderton_liz for a bit today. So inspired to see first hand the challenging, rewarding & vital work of district nurses, supporting people in our communities. So grateful for her time and patience. pic.twitter.com/971YhUoIyj
— Caroline Dinenage (@cj_dinenage) March 11, 2019