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Charity funds available for nurse-led homeless health projects

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The community nurse charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched a new programme to fund nurse-led projects focused on improving homeless and inclusion healthcare.

It is inviting nurses working in primary and community care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to apply for up to £5,000 for projects that improve health for people marginalised by wider society.

“This programme will help to unleash their innovation to improve care for vulnerable people”

David Parker-Radford

Up to 10 nurses will be selected to receive the funding and the year-long projects will start in January 2018.

Alongside the funding, the QNI will also provide a 12-month programme of professional support to help nurses develop skills in planning projects, delivering outcomes, communications and leadership.

The funding is also able to support projects that improve care for those in prison, refugees, people with drug and alcohol addiction, Gypsy, Roma or Travellers, and sex workers.

The new funding programme is part of the QNI’s Fund for Innovation and Leadership programme, which is supported by the Oak Foundation.

  • Full guidance and the application form are on the QNI’s website
  • The deadline for funding applications is 29 September 2017

David Parker-Radford, the QNI’s homeless health programme manager, said: “The average life expectancy of someone who is street homeless is 30 years less than the national average.

“A high proportion of people who are homeless have multi-morbidities and may be dealing with complex trauma, mental health issues, physical health conditions, addictions, and communicable disease alongside housing, and relationship issues,” he said.

“General practice nurses, health visitors, mental health nurses and specialist homelessness nurses are skilled at managing this complexity and are at the forefront of driving through innovations in holistic care,” said Mr Parker-Radford.

“This programme will help to unleash their innovation to improve care for vulnerable people,” he added.

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