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Community nursing: how the core specialist qualification will work

The NMC’s new all-encompassing specialist practice qualification is for nurses working in any community setting, with the QNI set to issue additional guidance

The NMC’s new all-encompassing specialist practice qualification is for nurses working in any community setting, with the QNI set to issue additional guidance

Advanced community nurse training qualifications are undergoing their most significant shake-up for almost 30 years.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has introduced an all-encompassing specialist practice qualification (SPQ) aimed at nurses working in any setting in the community, with the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) planning to build on this by producing a set of standards for nine different fields.

Here is what is happening and what it means for nurses, employers and universities.

Time for a change to specialist community nursing qualifications

The NMC first developed SPQs for

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