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New tool to help community nurses support carers

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The Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched a new online tool, which is aimed at helping community nurses who work with carers.

The free resource is hosted on the QNI’s website and was developed with funding from the Department of Health and extensive input from Queen’s Nurses and other community professionals.

It is divided into seven modules:

  • Supporting Carers
  • Assessment of Carers
  • Signposting Carers
  • Mental Health, Learning Disability and Dementia
  • End of Life Care
  • Professional Roles
  • Personal and Professional Development

Each module contains a quiz and a self-assessment exercise. The resource also contains nine short new films that tell the stories of real carers.

Crystal Oldman

Crystal Oldman

QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said: “Through sharing advice and experience, nurses can make a carer’s role easier and a patient’s experience significantly better. This helps reduce pressure on health and social care services.

“This new resource will help nurses to boost the capacity of carers in a structured way,” she said.

Wendy Nicholson, professional officer for school and community nursing at the Department of Health, added: “Over the last year we have been working with QNI, community nurses and carers organisations to raise the profile of the health and wellbeing of adult carers.

“This exciting resource developed by the QNI is underpinned by evidence and developed with practitioners and educators,” she said. “Clearly it will help community nurses to recognise the needs of carers and be better equipped to signpost for local support.”

The QNI said feedback from early users of the resource had been “overwhelmingly positive”.


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