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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

How the social model of disability evolved

How the social model of disability evolved Subscription Required

The social model of disability challenges the view of disability as an individual problem, and awareness of it can advance nursing practice

Health message about risk of co-sleeping with babies is failing to reduce infant mortality

Midwives and health visitors have a key role in preventing sudden infant deaths by alerting new parents to the risk of  co-sleeping with babies, according to a review of unexplained child mortality in Wales.

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New national strategy aimed at 'wiping out' TB in UK launched

Public Health England and NHS England have announced an £11.5m investment as part of a joint initiative to decrease tuberculosis cases and ultimately eliminate the disease in England.

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Diabetes patient and nurse

'Cost-effective' diabetes nurses must be recognised by commissioners

Specialist nurses must be better recognised by commissioners for their important role in providing cost-effective diabetes care, according to a charity, which has also warned the condition is now an urgent public health issue.

Working very long hours linked to risky alcohol use, warn researchers

Healthcare staff who work long hours in stressful environments are at an increased risk of developing a dangerous relationship with alcohol, warn researchers.

Cut ‘needless drunk admissions’ to ease A&E pressures, says Tory

Pressure should be relieved on the capital’s accident and emergency services by removing drunks and treating them in specialist recovery centres, according to Conservative London Assembly Member Andrew Boff.

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