Community nurses are being invited to take part in a new programme of education and leadership events aimed at improving the health of people who are homeless.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute, which is running the programme, will also provide 10 nurses with up to £5,000 each for projects to improve health among homeless groups.
“This funding enables us to build on and grow our national network of nurses, driving innovation and improving care”
The QNI will support a national network of health and housing professionals, and people who have experienced homelessness, to attend learning events. It follows a new collaboration between the institute and funding charity the Oak Foundation.
Meanwhile, nurses who receive the grants to fund projects will also be invited to workshops to help them develop their skills in planning projects, delivering outcomes, communications and leadership.
The programme, which will be launched next month, is also aimed at supporting one of the aims of NHS England’s Five-Year Forward View strategy to improve integration between services, as well as reducing health inequality.
The QNI’s Homeless Health News publication will also be developed to transform it into the “leading national health publication in the specialist field of homeless healthcare”.
“This programme is key to our strategy to strengthening the links between the homelessness sector and health providers”
Oak Foundation spokesman
“The QNI works with innovative, skilled and passionate community nurses who design and deliver outreach and treatment clinics to some of the most vulnerable people in society,” said QNI chief executive Dr Crystal Oldman.
“This funding enables us to build on and grow our national network of nurses, driving innovation and improving care for those who are in need,” she added.
“We are pleased to support the QNI’s work to improve health care for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed, and to promote leadership and innovation in the field,” said a spokesman for the Oak Foundation.
“This programme is key to our strategy to strengthening the links between the homelessness sector and health providers,” he added.