Public Health Nursing
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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
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.
Evidence that acupuncture or related techniques increase the success rate in smoking cessation is inconsistent. We look at a study measuring its effectiveness.
By looking for early signs of cataracts when conducting holistic patient assessments, nurses can help affected patients manage any loss of vision until surgery is appropriate.
To help meet the nation’s future health challenges, Public Health England has drawn up a set of areas health professionals can focus on to positively impact on public health.
Regular use of cholesterol lowering drugs is associated with a significantly lower risk of stroke in healthy older adults, according to a French study.
Half an hour of physical activity six days a week is linked to a 40% lower risk of death in elderly men, according to Norwegian researchers.
Council plans to slash school nursing and sexual health services by 50% have been labelled a “cash-grab opportunity”, sparking fears that other financially stretched local authorities will follow suit.
The vast majority of parents of overweight children wrongly perceive them to be “about right”, according to researchers, who say clinicians need to be more effective at communication on the issue.
UK researchers suggest that public health messages aimed at older people would be more effective if they were tailored to specific age groups.
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.