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New diversity training programme launched

The University of Nottingham has launched a new training programme that aims to help Health professionals develop the skills to communicate and deliver care more effectively with ethnic minority groups.

The University says the training - called PROCEED - was developed in response to growing concern about inequalities in health care experienced by patients with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

The resource aims to help those training many different types of health professionals, including those working in primary or secondary care, medical students, and pre-registration nurses. It consists of a resource book and DVD and offers background, learning materials and tips. The DVD also contains simulated clinical scenarios designed to help prompt discussion amongst trainees.

Funded by Cancer Research UK, the programme was designed by a research team led by Professor Joe Kai from The University of Nottingham.

Professor John Toy, medical director at Cancer Research UK, said: "We live in an increasingly diverse society. It is essential for health professionals to feel confident that they can respond appropriately and effectively to patients, regardless of cultural or ethnic background.

"The new PROCEED training aims to help develop generic skills that can be used not just for cancer care, but a wide range of health care areas."

Professor Kai said: "PROCEED can help health professionals ensure that patients and their relatives across diverse groups understand their individual health care needs.

"PROCEED uses a number of different learning styles and incorporates DVD scenarios based on real life situations. It is easy to use and provides help and guidance for trainers.

"We hope that PROCEED will contribute to reducing current inequalities in access to cancer care and other healthcare for people from ethnic minority groups. We have worked closely with practitioners and educators from a wide range of health professions to ensure that the resource is truly responsive and appropriate to individual needs."

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