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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.05m3 or 5 boxes of papers, audiotapes and discs


Name of creator(s)

King's College London, Department of Nursing Studies, Community Nursing Needs Assessment Project

Administrative / Biographical history

The Community Nursing Needs Assessment Project was undertaken in response to the NHS and Community Care Act 1990. The project dealt principally with the ability of health visitors and district nurses to meet the new legislative requirements when addressing the needs of their patients and to suggest modifications to nursing education based on the findings. The project was sponsored by the English National Board for Nursing and based at King's College London, conducted by the Department of Nursing Studies and led by Professor Sarah Cowley, Lecturer in Health Visiting. Other researchers on the project included Ann Bergen, lecturer, Kate Young, lecturer and Ann Kavanagh, research associate. The project consisted of three phases: phase one involved a series of eight focus groups made up of consumers (members of local support groups, carers and those with disabilities) , practitioners (district nurses and health visitors), managers (purchasers and providers) and educationalists (community practice teachers and lecturers). Phase two involved observing recently qualified district nurses and health workers with patients and clients and following up with an interview with the district nurse or health worker on needs assessment. Phase three involved discussing the findings and preliminary proposals with an expert panel made up from the various interest groups. The project ran from Mar 1994 to Jan 1996. The full project title is 'An investigation into the changing educational needs of community nurses with regard to needs assessment and quality of care in the context of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990'.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The records were transferred to King's College London Archives by the project leader Professor Sarah Cowley, Department of Nursing Studies, King's College London, 2005.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, data and secondary materials of the Community Nursing Needs Assessment Project, 1980-1995, assessing the ability of health visitors and district nurses to meet the legislative requirements of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990 when assessing the needs of their patients. Including applications and correspondence relating to the acquisition of ethical approval from various local health authorities; research proposal; papers relating to the focus groups, including briefing papers for focus groups and a steering group, transcripts from focus groups 3 and 4, field notes from focus group 5 and audio tapes of all groups; papers relating to the interviews including consent forms, list of interview questions, papers relating to the recruitment of volunteers and audiotapes and transcripts of interviews with volunteers; papers relating to the recruitment of the expert panel; copies of articles from journals, magazines and other publications used for secondary research for the project.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as follows: proposal and ethical approval, administration and data from phase one, administration and data from phase two, administration from phase three and secondary materials.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Records relating to individuals are subject to the Data Protection Act, and are closed for 80 years from the last date in the file. They may be consulted by Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery staff with permission from the Head of Department. Access may be granted to researchers in certain circumstances, and upon signature of a special undertaking, providing such research if for purely statistical purposes and published data is anonymised such as to prevent the identification of individuals.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, can be supplied to Departmental staff. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This summary guide also available in hard copy in the reading room. Detailed catalogue on-line and in hard copy in the reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Professor Sarah Cowley has also conducted the Parkside Project on district nurse's needs assessment processes: KNI/RP 3.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Oct 2006


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  • Community Nursing Needs Assessment Project, King's College London
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