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College launches rehab guidance

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Nurses will have to become more ‘innovative and creative’ in their approach to rehabilitating patients with long term conditions, as more care moves into community settings, says latest RCN guidance.

The document, published last week, is aimed at nurses in all care settings, reflecting the fact that all nurses play a role in helping patients maximise their independence and the shift from hospital to community of much rehab care.

Guideline author Sue Thomas, RCN nursing policy and practice advisor for long-term conditions, said: ‘It will help nurses to reflect on rehabilitative aspects of their role, regardless of their area of practice.’

The guidance is also intended to dovetail with the national service framework for long-term conditions, published in 2005.

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