To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2012, Official Report, column 144W, on cancer: drugs, which professional organisations his Department is working with to scope a renewed model of community nursing; when they will publish details of the programme of a renewed model of community nursing; and whether he plans to hold a formal consultation on his proposals for such a model.
The Department is working with community nurses and professional organisations as part of a development programme to scope a renewed model for community nursing, focusing on district nursing services. The professional organisations involved include the Queens Nursing Institute, Royal College of Nursing, Macmillan Nursing, Hospice UK, various practitioners, primary care trusts and service users.
We will consult with the profession, key stakeholders and service users as part of the development programme. The aim is for the initial scoping to be published early 2013.