Community Nursing Services in England: An Historical Policy Analysis

Donna Bramwell, Kath Checkland, Jolanta Shields, Pauline Allen

Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review


This open access book provides an historical account of the ways in which community nursing services in England have been shaped by policy changes, from the inception of the NHS in 1948 to the present day. Focusing on policies regarding the organisation and provision of community nursing services, it offers an important assessment of how community nursing has evolved under successive governments. The book also provides reflections on how historic policies have influenced the service of today, and how lessons learnt from the past can inform organisation and delivery of current and future community nursing services. It is an important resource for those researching community nursing and health services, as well as practitioners and policy makers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages117
ISBN (Electronic)9783031170843
ISBN (Print)9783031170843, 9783031170836
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2023


  • Community nursing
  • District nursing
  • Health policy
  • History of health
  • NHS
  • Open Access


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