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RCN launches toolkit to help nurses tackle social exclusion

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The RCN has launched an online tool intended to help nurses treat socially excluded and ‘hard to reach’ groups.

The RCN Resource for Socially Inclusive Practice directs nurses to relevant policies and useful organisations when working with specific groups – including asylum seekers and refugees, the traveller community, the homeless, people with learning difficulties, people with mental health problems, offenders and sex workers.

The online resource will also include videos and publications that express the experiences of individuals from each group.

RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘The link between social exclusion and poor health is real and undeniable. Access to up-to-date information is important to the care of any patient. However, identifying and locating the most suitable resources and guidance for socially excluded groups can be extremely difficult. ‘This resource will ensure nurses have the necessary information available to make a genuine difference,’ he added.

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