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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

Nurses may be reluctant to report injuries due to fear of blame for causing the injury

Bloodborne viruses and workplace injury risk Subscription Required

Bloodborne viruses still pose a risk to health professionals, mainly through sharps-related injuries in the workplace. Increased awareness is needed to reduce this risk.

Patients can be shown how to improve their health during routine appointments

Building brief intervention into your everyday work Subscription Required

All frontline nursing staff can incorporate brief behaviour change interventions into their clinical practice to reduce patients’ risk of long-term conditions.

Principles of transmission-based precautions

Principles of transmission-based precautions Subscription Required

Nursing Times Learning has launched a unit on patient isolation, in association with the Infection Prevention Society, which explores precautions to prevent infection spread.

Staff must be competent identifying and assessing patients at greatest risk of harm

The role of nurse leaders in improving health

Senior nurse leaders have an important role to play in improving the health of patients and staff through the delivery of behaviour change interventions.

Advising on lifestyle can improve nurses’ health

Advising on lifestyle can improve nurses’ health

An evaluation of health promotion training provided to nurses at a trust showed that it has helped the nurses to review their own lifestyles

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Nurse-led app for teen health among winners of innovation funding

A text messaging service for teenagers run by school nurses at Leicestershire Partnership Trust is one of 13 projects to receive money from a £650,000 NHS innovation prize fund.

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Nurse diagnosis aided by app that supports evidence-based decisions

Smartphones and tablets “may hold the key” to helping more nurses to broach sensitive health issues like obesity, smoking, and depression with patients, claim US researchers.

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School nurse shortage must be addressed to improve PSHE, say MPs

A shortage of school nurses must be addressed to improve personal, social and health education in schools, according to an influential group of MPs who also recommend that the subject should be made mandatory.

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Nurse-led walking programme increases activity in older patients

A practice nurse-led initiative designed to get older people to walk more often and more briskly has been shown to deliver sustained improvements in physical activity levels, according to UK researchers.  

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Scarlet Fever

Nurses told to be on lookout for potential cases of scarlet fever

A “concerning” increase in cases of scarlet fever is continuing across England, public health officials have warned.

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'Beware the creeping danger of language that leads to blame'

What’s in a name? Quite a bit it seems. Researchers, writing in the subtly titled journal Evidence Based Medicine, have found that choosing the right name is the key to success in online dating.

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Does losing your sense of smell predict death risk?

Does losing your sense of smell predict death risk?

“Sense of smell ‘may predict lifespan’,” BBC News reports. New research suggests people unable to smell distinctive scents, such as peppermint or fish, may have an increased risk of death within five years of losing their sense of smell.

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