Public Health Nurse

The public health nurse (PHN) is a qualified general nurse and midwife who usually holds a Higher Diploma in Public Health Nursing. The PHN works for the Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) and is based in a local health centre.

The PHN is involved in health promotion, assessment of needs and coordinating care of the person with MS. The PHN may recommend a home help, a personal assistant or a care assistant where appropriate.

PHNs work with the person with MS to help overcome problems related to daily living and can also provide practical advice on, for example how to do intermittent catheterization.

The PHN liaises closely with the GP and neurology team. In some Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) there are PHNs who work as continence advisors and these nurses play a major role in educating, training and motivating patients with MS.