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Public Health Nursing

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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

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.

Extending the provision of HIV testing in non-specialist clinics

Extending the provision of HIV testing in non-specialist clinics Subscription Required

The proportion of eligible people who received an HIV test in a non-specialist setting is low and late diagnosis remains a problem in the UK.

Nurses are supervised by consultants

A course in advanced critical care practice Subscription Required

The advanced critical care practitioner education programme was developed in response to medical staff shortages and offers nurses a new career pathway.

P aeruginosa is carbapenem resistant

Screening for antibiotic-resistant infection Subscription Required

How an acute London trust set about designing a programme for managing carbapenemase-producing organisms using a point-prevalence study.

Health visitors advise on early years diet

Health visitors tackle childhood obesity Subscription Required

An initiative in which health visitors took the lead role in identifying childhood obesity and introducing interventions has proved effective and popular with parents.

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Obesity linked with heightened risk of Alzheimer’s  

Insulin resistance resulting from obesity increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to US researchers.

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

Health visitors reaching children via healthy pavement art

Health visitors have been engaged in a novel way of encouraging children to eat healthily by drawing pictures of food on the pavement.

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Public health nurses urged to tackle obesity in young

Health visitors and school nurses have been called on to ensure they are aware of the lifestyle weight management programmes available for children and young people in their area, according to new national care standards for England.

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Drinking a lot of sugary drinks linked with type 2 diabetes

The regular consumption of sugar sweetened drinks is positively associated with type 2 diabetes independent of obesity status, according to international research.

University of Sheffield

Health visitor rise 'critical to nursery attendance for poor children'

Recent increases in health visitor numbers will provide a “critical opportunity” to help boost the number of disadvantaged children attending nursery, which is currently falling behind target, according to education regulator Ofsted.

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Superbug 'could kill 80,000 people' experts warn

Superbug 'could kill 80,000 people' experts warn

“Superflu pandemic is biggest danger to UK apart from a terrorist attack – and could kill 80,000 people,” is the warning in The Independent. A briefing produced by experts outlines how antibiotic resistance could pose a significant threat (PDF, 440kb) to public health.

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