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Parish Nursing

Parish Nurses are Registered Nurses who work in communities alongside Churches and Christian organisations to bring wholistic care to communities. They assess local health needs and work on health improvement through education, advice, advocacy, and referrals. They may lead health-focused groups, clarify medical information, and support individuals in health crises. They offer support to people of all ages, from all backgrounds, and of any faith or none.

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What Parish Nurses Do

Parish Nurses work with people of all ages and backgrounds, of any faith or none. Here are just some of the ways Parish Nurses can support the local community.

They can help to prevent hospital admissions by identifying and supporting people who are at risk of admission or have early signs of conditions like high blood pressure.


They can support people who are struggling with their mental health and on their recovery journey. 

They train and coordinate volunteers to help in community needs like combatting loneliness. 

They encourage exercise and healthy nutrition, so that preventable diseases are less likely to ensue. 

They can organise events where other healthcare professionals are invited to speak on health issues; such as men's breakfast groups, health fair, or courses on stress management and wellbeing. 

"Sarah, in her late 30s, faced a breast cancer diagnosis that turned her life upside down. As her Parish Nurse, we built a strong connection. We talked about life, faith, and her treatment journey. Celebrating her recovery with Sarah and her family was a moment of joy."
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