CW77: Parish Nursing: good health and engaging community

Julia, a registered nurse and health visitor, has taken early retirement to focus on helping eleven small churches in North Devon reach out to those in the community with health needs. Her work involves:

  • Encouraging self-care through the promotion of healthy lifestyles
  • Education about managing a newly-diagnosed condition in order to prevent complications
  • Helping people recover well after surgery or acute illness
  • Visiting those who have long-term chronic conditions and need support with understanding their medication
  • Accompaniment to a hospital appointment or signposting to appropriate NHS services
  • Connecting with people who are nearing the end of life to ensure that they have peace and some quality of care in their last months