The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) launched the International Community Nursing Observatory in November 2019.

The International Community Nursing Observatory (ICNO) analyses data and trends in the community nursing workforce data in greater depth, to aid understanding of the challenges faced by services. It will collate and analyse data about community and primary care nursing services at a regional, national and international level.

Professor Alison Leary MBE, Chair of Healthcare and Workforce Modelling at London South Bank University (LSBU) and a Fellow of the QNI is Director of the ICNO.

The idea behind the foundation of the ICNO originated from an independent strategic review conducted in 2018 by executives at Barclays Bank plc, through the ‘Unlocking Insights’ programme, led and managed by the charity Pilotlight. The ‘Pilotlighters’ at Barclays highlighted that data relating to the community nursing services workforce is often incomplete and this leads to barriers which prevent the progression of policy development, service enhancement and improvements to the care of individuals, families, carers and communities.

The ICNO seeks commissions designed to support data gathering and analysis that will provide evidence to enhance service planning and delivery in health and social care settings.

Read the ICNO’s first report, District Nursing Today, the View of District Nurse Team Leaders in the UK.

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