The case for the district nurse specialist practice qualification
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Students find the district nurse specialist practice qualification (SPQ) 'transformational'-equipping them with knowledge and skills to be effective caseload managers and team leaders in a variety of community settings (QNI, 2015). As a result of the resolution passed at Congress in 2016 (Royal College of Nursing (RCN), 2016), the RCN committed to lobbying for all district nurse (DN) caseload holders to have the professional SPQ. The RCN will work with key stakeholders to raise the profile of DNs to ensure that they are adequately prepared to undertake their role over the coming year.