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Public Health Nursing

News and practice for public health specialists

Public Heath England's seven priorities for public health

PHE will focus on securing improvements against seven priorities:

  • tackling obesity particularly among children
  • reducing smoking and stopping children starting
  • reducing harmful drinking and alcohol-related hospital admissions
  • ensuring every child has the best start in life
  • reducing the risk of dementia, its incidence and prevalence in 65-75 year olds
  • tackling the growth in antimicrobial resistance
  • achieving a year-on-year decline in tuberculosis incidence

Find out more with the Public Health England's Protecting and improving the nation's health plan

Porter said health was determined by many factors, including cultural and social

Can sociology help to improve nursing practice? Subscription Required

With increasing emphasis on preventative healthcare and public health, would nurses benefit from understanding the sociological influences on health and wellbeing?

Effects of long working hours and alcohol intake

Effects of long working hours and alcohol intake Subscription Required

New evidence on link between working hours and use of alcohol suggests long hours increase likelihood of risky drinking, but results should be treated with caution.

Superficial surgical site infection

How to reduce the risk of surgical site infection Subscription Required

Surgical site infections are associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Delivering quality care during the perioperative period is critical to preventing SSIs.

The thirst sensation diminishes with age

Detecting dehydration in older people: useful tests Subscription Required

Older people are at increased risk of dehydration, and many screening and diagnostic tests are used to identify the condition. This article assesses their value.

Patients' expectations of treatments and tests

Patients' expectations of treatments and tests Subscription Required

Demand for ineffective or unproven treatments will continue to rise unless a more concerted effort is made to help people make informed decisions.

Call for nurses to get winter flu vaccination

Nurses are being urged to get a flu jab “as soon as possible” to protect themselves and patients this winter.

Flu jab associated with reduced risk of stroke

Having the flu jab could also help prevent strokes, a new study by UK researchers has suggested.

Supply problem ‘pauses’ part of flu vaccine programme

A pilot scheme to vaccinate older primary school children against influenza in England has been put on hold because of a supply issue.


Largest NHS trust to become ‘smoke free’ next month

On 1 October, Barts Health NHS Trust in east London is to begin an ambitious initiative to stamp out smoking among its workforce and patients.

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HCA standards for vaccine administration updated as role expands

National minimum standards for healthcare support workers who administer vaccinations have been updated following recognition these roles have a greater part to play in immunisation programmes.

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'Set up a nursing society; you won't regret it'

'Set up a nursing society; you won't regret it' Subscription Required

Choosing to study nursing sets you on a career path which will see you experience all aspects of humanity, from an individual’s moment of unbridled joy to their vulnerability at the darkest times of an illness.

'Dementia could strike 1 in 3 born this year', claims report

'Dementia could strike 1 in 3 born this year', claims report

“One in three people born in the UK this year will suffer from some form of dementia in their lifetime,” Sky News reports. This is the stark finding of a report commissioned by Alzheimer’s Research UK and carried out by the private research institute the Office of Health Economics.


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