National District Nurses Network

The NPAG National District Nurses Network is a large, dynamic, friendly group. It brings together District Nurses from all over the country to meet and share new ideas, discuss common problems, provide solutions, be creative and innovative in service development. It works closely with the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), and NHS England who provide an update at every meeting on their work. The Network provides a resource for both the QNI and NHSE’s work by providing expert focus groups to help lead and develop national strategy. The group has been running for a number of years and has consequently developed a rich membership.  This membership has contributed to official papers on Caseload Management tools with the RCN and Health Education England’s work on District Nurse education, to name some projects.

The network boasts an annual Conference which is continually growing year on year.  In 2021 the agenda theme was ‘Excellence in District Nursing and the Post Pandemic Future’.  In 2022 the theme was ‘Looking to the Future for Community Nursing – Putting National Strategy into Place’.  For 2023 we are focusing on ‘A Look at District Nursing through History’, including a look at wound care and nursing care in general.

Members of the National District Nurse Network have put together 10 good reasons why you should join them:

  1. Networking opportunities with other organisations across England
  2. Sharing of best practice
  3. Keeping District Nursing on the governments agenda
  4. Gaining up to date information
  5. To be involved in the developments of District Nursing
  6. Being part of a professional, like minded, national group
  7. Link proactively with DoH, QNI, NHS England and the RCN
  8. Hear national speakers and have them listen to District Nurses
  9. To champion the cause of District Nursing and influence the National Agenda
  10. A year’s membership is less than the average cost of employing a management consultant for a day



Facilitator Libby Horridge
Coordinator Laura Howe

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    “This group provides an amazing opportunity to meet and network with other organisations providing community nursing services around the country. It provides the opportunity to share best practice and learning. The links the group have with both NHS England and the QNI provides an excellent quarterly update from both, plus the opportunity to be involved in specific national pieces of work produced by both organisations.”

    NDNN Member and Co Chair 2019 - 2021

    Integrated Pathway Manager, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

    “The District Nurses Network is a great forum for sharing information, keeping informed about community nursing on a national scale & networking with peers.”

    National District Nurses Network Member 2019-20

    Matron , South Tyneside Community Services, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

    Having been a member of this group for the past 4 years I have found the networking with other like minded people to be of most value. This has enabled a country wide perspective on issues pertaining to District Nursing which have influence and helped shape the development of strategies and polices to the betterment of patient care delivery. The meetings are well structured and provide an environment for sharing and disseminating information keeping the membership up to date with current and future plans affecting community services. The group work done at the meetings to influence higher strategic policy and national standards has been of a positive benefit to district nursing.

    National District Nurses Network Member 2018-19

    District Nurse Practice Teacher, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust