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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

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.

Health visitors advise on early years diet

Health visitors tackle childhood obesity Subscription Required

An initiative in which health visitors took the lead role in identifying childhood obesity and introducing interventions has proved effective and popular with parents.

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One result showed acupuncture was less effective than nicotine replacement therapy

Acupuncture and related interventions for smoking Subscription Required

Evidence that acupuncture or related techniques increase the success rate in smoking cessation is inconsistent. We look at a study measuring its effectiveness.

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RCN issues warning against cuts ahead of Tory budget

The Royal College of Nursing has warned that proposed cuts to public health funding and short-term decision making risked “storing up” serious problems across the NHS, ahead of next week’s budget.

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Drug users and smokers most at risk of opioid addiction

A quarter of patients prescribed opioids for the first time end up progressing to longer-term prescriptions, according to US researchers.

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Nurse leader says 'strong case' must be made for public health

The country’s top public health nurse has said the case needs to be made “very strongly” about the benefits of investment in public health, in the wake of concerns about budget cuts by councils.

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New meningitis vaccinations to begin this year

Practice nurses and school nurses in England and Scotland can expect to deliver two new vaccines for meningitis from the start of the autumn.

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Health visitors advise on early years diet

College urges public health investment, not cuts  

The Royal College of Nursing has passed a motion calling on its leaders to pressurise the government over proposed cuts to public health budgets, after a passionate debate in child health inequalities.

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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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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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