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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

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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.

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.

Homeless man in street with dog

New guidance for community nurses on homeless foot health

The Queens Nursing Institute has published new guidance to “arm” community nurses with more knowledge for supporting homeless patients with foot health problems.

Exclusive: School nursing faces public health upheaval

School nursing services across the country face major upheaval, with councils preparing to integrate services following the full transfer of public health commissioning this autumn, an investigation by Nursing Times has found.

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NHS to launch major staff fitness and healthy food programme

NHS staff are to be offered a programme of fitness activities and healthy options for meals as part of a major drive to improve their wellbeing, the chief executive of NHS England will announce later today.

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Change in paracetamol advice for new meningitis vaccine

Nurses delivering a new vaccine protecting against meningitis should encourage parents to give their children paracetamol following immunisation, due to increased risk of fever.

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Call to switch focus from calories to nutrition to cut CVD  

Clinicians need to shift their focus from “calorie counting” to concentrating on the nutritional value of foods in order to boost cardiovascular health among patients, claim academics.

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'Nurses best placed to steer their profession'

The recent changes at Public Health England and the Department of Health could be an opportunity for nursing to strengthen its voice.

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Could eating spicy food help you live longer?

Could eating spicy food help you live longer?

“Curry really could be the spice of life,” says The Daily Telegraph, reporting on a study looking at the link between regularly eating foods that contain capsaicin – found in chilli peppers – and the risk of dying early.