My name is Esther and I’m a district nurse.
Community care is important to me as it fully aligns with my values of looking after the whole person, providing holistic care, and understanding somebody within their own setting. If we can treat people at home and keep them out of hospital that is good for them and good for the hospital system.
I do this because it provides me the opportunity to care for patients and make a difference to the quality of life they have at home.
I came to England as an overseas nurse and I am a hundred percent sure I maded the right decision. Living and working in England has been phenomenal for me and my career. International nurses coming here have to do a series of assessments, from an online exam in their home country, then a structural exam here within 12 weeks of arrival. There is also a whole programme of support, which the NHS is exceptionally good at.
I am currently seconded into the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s team, supporting the international recruitment of nurses into community nursing settings. The direct recruitment of nurses from overseas into a community role is relatively new, and is very key to helping us achieve the NHS Long Term Plan.
I am part of the Ethnic Minorities Network, to support nurses who are newly arrived in this country. We give them an opportunity to share some of their concerns, and we identify ways to help them. We run open webinars for nurses to ask questions, share experiences, tell us what’s being done well. It brings nurses together and connects them to the things they need. It’s a very exciting part of my role.
I would like to continue learning, continue progressing and developing, and sharing what I have done. So I would like to write up and publish some of what I have done and achieved, and some of what we have achieved as a team. I would like to continue to support nurses who are developing in their career. I would like to continue providing care, as well as working with the national team, contributing to policy and changes that improve what we can do as community nurses.
It’s a very exciting time. It’s very critical to be looking after patients who don’t need to be in a hospital setting. There’s real opportunity to create care settings outside of the hospital, and community nursing is very well placed to deliver that.