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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
Demand for ineffective or unproven treatments will continue to rise unless a more concerted effort is made to help people make informed decisions.
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.
The advanced critical care practitioner education programme was developed in response to medical staff shortages and offers nurses a new career pathway.
How an acute London trust set about designing a programme for managing carbapenemase-producing organisms using a point-prevalence study.
An initiative in which health visitors took the lead role in identifying childhood obesity and introducing interventions has proved effective and popular with parents.
Insulin resistance resulting from obesity increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to US researchers.
Health visitors have been engaged in a novel way of encouraging children to eat healthily by drawing pictures of food on the pavement.
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.
The regular consumption of sugar sweetened drinks is positively associated with type 2 diabetes independent of obesity status, according to international research.
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.
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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Behind the Headlines
“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.