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Nurses to help patients work again

A new training programme to help nurses get their patients ready to return to work has been launched.

The initiative was unveiled by Lord McKenzie, minister for health and work, and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

The programme aims to cover the relationship between work and health, and will focus on rehabilitation and any adjustments that might need to be made in the workplace.

The RCN has developed the training scheme in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health (DH).

It has been designed to be relevant to nurses across all specialities, and can be accessed via the RCN's website.

RCN general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: "Every person who is able to work deserves the opportunity to work. It's absolutely vital that we should give people support to get back into the workplace when they are well enough to do so.

"The RCN has long recognised that we need to engage with the whole nursing workforce if we are to make progress in the areas of health, work and wellbeing.

"That's why, with the help and support of the DWP, we have developed a new learning zone on our website. The learning package we've jointly developed is aimed at every nurse in every healthcare sector and is designed to raise awareness, change thinking and enhance practice."

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