Primary and community care nurses can apply for funding for projects aimed specifically at improving men’s health, the Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) has announced.
From 2017, funding of up to £5000 will be available for a maximum of 10 projects, along with a programme of support from the QNI for participating professionals. The projects will commence in March 2017 and last for 12 months. The QNI has undertaken the project due to the severe health inequalities in the male demographic.
‘The Men’s Health Forum states that on average, more than one in five men is still dying between the ages 16 and 65, and more than two in five before the age of 75 – with death rates amongst men in the poorest areas of the country being even worse,’ said Anne Pearson, the QNI’s Director of Programmes. ‘Key areas of concern are heart disease, obesity, cancer, suicide, diabetes and poor lifestyle choice.’
The programme is open to all nurses who work with male clients of any age, and the deadline for completed applications is 24 November 2016. Nurses who wish to discuss their ideas in advance are encouraged to contact the QNI at qni.org.uk
‘This is an opportunity for all nurses working across specialities including school nurses, district nurses, general practice nurses, health visitors and many other specialties to consider developing a new initiative to support male clients.’