RCN targets hard to reach groups with nurse tool

An online tool for nurses that aims to improve the health prospects of 'hard to reach' groups has been launched by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). By Jamie Stuttard

RCN Resource for Socially Inclusive Practice will hold all health care information in one place in a bid to further equip nurses with knowledge to deliver high quality care.

The resource will direct nurses to relevant policies and useful organisations when working with social excluded groups.

Groups include people with learning difficulties, people with mental health problems, the homeless, the traveller community, asylum seekers and refugees, and sex workers.

Videos and publications showing individual experiences of each group will also be available online.

‘Nurses work with socially excluded groups everyday, up and down the country, but locating the most suitable resources can be extremely difficult,’ said Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN.

‘This simple resource will help nurses access the most relevant information, significantly improving the health prospect of these hard to reach groups. It will provide the necessary information to make a genuine difference’, he added.

The resource will be launched at an event which aims to share progress on issues relating to social inclusion. Organised by the RCN and the National Social Inclusion Programme, the event will bring together nurses, GPs, psychologists and occupational therapists to discuss ways to improve the health of socially excluded groups.


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