Parish Nursing Ministries UK
Parish Nursing Ministries UK (PNMUK) seeks to provide whole person healthcare through the local church. Based on Christ’s teaching and ministry, as demonstrated in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), we provide support for the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of individuals and aim to improve the lives of people in the UK by ministering health and wholeness. We are a national ecumenical infrastructure organisation formed in 2005 to promote and develop the concept of Parish Nursing among churches of all denominations across the United Kingdom, and to provide education and professional support for Parish Nurses. We are the sole provider for promotion, development and coordination of Parish Nursing across the UK alongside offering advice for the churches that employ or appoint Parish nurses.
Parish nurses do not prescribe medication, or do clinical treatments that can be accessed through the NHS. Instead they work in a complementary way to primary care staff, seeking to work alongside them, providing extra listening time and accompaniment, making and and receiving referrals as appropriate, coordinating and training volunteers to provide social support where needed. We are collecting both statistical data and qualitative data and the outcomes of our work show that parish nurses are making a difference to people’s lives especially in the areas of health education, early detection of disease, support of people with chronic conditions, combating loneliness, preventing re-admission to hospital and offering spiritual care.