"High quality care for people living with long term conditions depends on substantial multidisciplinary working, involving specialist and community nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, social care workers, health care assistants, and others.
"Nurses are often closely involved in the care and assessment of people who are receiving long term care. Particularly in community and primary care settings, a specialist nurse will often assist other healthcare professionals as much as patients: a specialist nurse will support GPs and practice nurses as well as providing advice and support to patients. They often give advice and support which may prevent the need for secondary interventions. Nurses will also work closely with pharmacists regarding medicines management. In this way, their expertise is central in supporting an integrated system of care, from acute and specialist services to self-management.
"Self-management is also important, and community nurses and community pharmacists can play a crucial role in helping individuals to manage their own conditions. It is vital that people living with long term conditions are given the information and training to make choices about where and how they want to live, and are supported by appropriate, competent staff."
Wendy Preston, Head of Nursing Practice, Royal College of Nursing