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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

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.

Type 2 diabetes: prevention, diagnosis and management

Type 2 diabetes: prevention, diagnosis and management Subscription Required

Nurses are increasingly likely to care for patients with type 2 diabetes. This learning unit will increase understanding of its causes, prevention, treatment and management.

Evidence on whether brief interventions in school reduce substance use was mixed

Interventions to tackle substance use in schools Subscription Required

A Cochrane review explored the evidence for brief interventions undertaken in schools to reduce substance misuse and other problematic behavioural outcomes for adolescents who use substances.


All hospital grounds in Scotland tobacco-free from today

From 1 April, all hospital grounds in Scotland will be smoke-free, with patients, visitors and staff asked to leave the grounds before they light up.

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Deal means meningitis B vaccine set to be in use by September

A vaccine against meningitis B will be available to all babies in the UK after the government agreed a deal with drug manufacturers.

NHS staff should be trained to advise patients to take exercise

NHS staff should be 'trained to advise patients to take exercise'

Health professionals such as nurses need to spend more time highlighting the benefits of exercise in promoting all-round health and wellbeing, according to an influential group of MPs.

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Exclusive: Latest figures indicate health visitor target will be missed

Latest workforce figures indicate that the government will narrowly miss its target for recruiting 4,200 extra health visitors by the end of March.

International praise for health visiting services in Dorset

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust has gained international recognition after being awarded full “baby friendly” accreditation by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

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