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District nurse

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District nurses care for people outside of hospital in patients' homes, GP surgeries and residential care homes.

Average salary (a year)

£35,000 Starter


£43,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become

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How to become District nurse

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship or working towards this role. 


You might be able to do a district nurse degree apprenticeship.

You can train with the NHS or a private provider of healthcare services. 

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • to be a registered nurse

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You can apply for training if you're a registered nurse with 1 or 2 years' experience in any branch of nursing.

You'll complete a course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - District Nursing, approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Your training will last 1 to 2 years and include practical community placements.

You could contact your local health trust or your employer about student training sponsorship opportunities.

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Career tips

You'll be expected to understand how the NHS values apply in your work when applying for a course or apprenticeship.

Further information

You can get more advice about how to become a district nurse from Health Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of biology
  • active listening skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • give drugs and injections and treat wounds
  • check breathing and take temperatures and blood pressures
  • help doctors with physical examinations and set up drips
  • monitor the quality of care a patient receives
  • give emotional support and advice to patients and their families
  • teach basic caring skills where needed

Working environment

You could work in the community or at a health centre.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • become a senior district nurse or a community matron
  • provide advanced care as a specialist community practitioner
  • move into general health service management or become head of community nursing
  • work in research, education or health promotion

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Access to HE - Nursing

  • Provider: Harrow, Richmond & Uxbridge Colleges (HRUC)
  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Harrow

Nursing - Access to Higher Education

  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Location: Halesowen

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