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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 should be referred to an ophthalmic unit in cases of suspected cataracts

Nurses' role in early detection of cataracts Subscription Required

By looking for early signs of cataracts when conducting holistic patient assessments, nurses can help affected patients manage any loss of vision until surgery is appropriate.

Reducing smoking is one of the seven priorities for improving the public's health

Seven priorities to improve public health Subscription Required

To help meet the nation’s future health challenges, Public Health England has drawn up a set of areas health professionals can focus on to positively impact on public health.

Pulmonary tuberculosis: the disease can be transmitted by coughing and sneezing

Barriers to managing TB in emergency departments Subscription Required

A survey of staff in an emergency department unit explored whether they had the knowledge to recognise and manage patients presenting with tuberculosis.

X-rays are used to diagnose active TB

How nurses can support early diagnosis of TB Subscription Required

Tuberculosis is now a significant public health issue, and nurses need to know its signs and symptoms and which groups at increased risk of infection.

Reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change

Reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change Subscription Required

Type 2 diabetes is associated with a range of serious complications, and accounts for significant costs to the NHS. Dietary and lifestyle change can reduce its impact.

Patient education should be tailored for those at risk of diabetes

It is “important” for nurses to personalise diabetes-related education, management, and support to the specific needs and vulnerabilities of at-risk patients, according to researchers.

Housework keeps older adults ‘physically and emotionally fit’

Older adults who get exercise through housework tend to feel emotionally and physically better than those who do not tackle household chores, according to US nurse researchers.

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Green Party

Greens promise better training and welfare for NHS staff in manifesto

The Green Party has said staff training and welfare would be central to its plans to improve the NHS, which include increasing the health service budget by £12bn.

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Being underweight in middle age linked to increased dementia risk

Being underweight in middle age linked to increased dementia risk

Middle-aged people who are defined as underweight are a third more likely to develop dementia than people of similar age with a healthy body mass index, according to a UK study results.

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Bevan Foundation

Nominate nurses making outstanding contribution to wellbeing

Nurses are being encouraged to nominate colleagues who made an outstanding contribution to health and wellbeing over the past year.

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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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