St Andrew’s Church has employed Sandy Taylor RGN since 2012 as their Health and Faith nurse (part-time). Currently there are no other Churches locally employing a Parish Nurse, but we hope this changes in the near future. Parish Nursing seeks to provide whole person health care through a local Church community. Parish nurses provide support for the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of individuals. Registered nurses work from their Churches offering individuals and communities personal health advice, health education, advocacy, support and spiritual input. Parish nurses do not offer any clinical treatments; however, blood pressures and basic health checks can be undertaken. Parish nurses compliment the NHS, filling in important gaps in health and social care, enhancing the ministry of holistic care for body mind and spirit.
Parish nurses are supported by a national charity, Parish Nursing Ministries UK (PNMUK), who are an ecumenical infrastructure organisation formed in 2005 to promote and develop the concept of Parish nursing among Churches of all denominations across the UK. However, Parish nurses minister to all faiths and none. Parish nurses are registered and regulated with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and adhere to the same policies and Code of Practice as other qualified nurses. PNMUK offers Parish nurse professional support, study days and training whilst making sure professional frameworks are in place.
If you require any further information about the work of our parish nurse, please contact St Andrews Church Office and the enquiry will be passed on to Sandy. Further information can also be found on www.parishnursing.org.uk
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