Nurses to be trained in getting patients ready to return to work

A new training programme designed to help nurses get patients ready for work following an injury, disability or period of ill-health has been launched.

The training will focus on rehabilitation and workplace adjustments. It has been developed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), with input from the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions.

It will be available on the RCN website and is aimed at nurses across all nursing specialities.

Health minister Lord McKenzie said: “If we are serious about helping people back into work after periods of ill health, injury or disability then we need to make sure our nurses are fully supported.

“The nursing profession has a vital role to play in the health and work agenda. Nurses interact with patients in so many ways, across the full range of health services. Just like GPs, their advice and actions help to shape the patients views and influence their actions.”

RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: “Every person who is able to work deserves the opportunity to work. It’s absolutely vital that we should give people support to get back into the workplace when they are well enough to do so.”

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