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Health promotion

Health promotion news and analysis for nurses

should NHS staff be offered incentives to lose weight?

The big question: should NHS staff be offered incentives to lose weight?

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens is considering plans to introduce weight-loss competitions to staff in the health service.

Liver disease is now the fifth most common cause of death

Our newest free unit outlines how nurses in all healthcare settings can reduce liver disease by identifying patients with risk factors for the three major types of liver disease – alcohol, hepatitis B and C, and obesity leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee: 'It’s time to raise the profile of all community health services'

Every mother needs a health visitor for every baby, no matter her age, occupation or income, says Polly Toynbee

Are you confident giving sexual health information to young people?

Are you confident giving sexual health information to young people? Subscription Required

Despite improvements in sexual health education and services for young people, pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted infections among this group remain high

Viv Bennett

Viv Bennett: 'All nurses need to know how to give health improvement advice'

We will be working to commission training for students and nurses to strengthen health protection knowledge and skills, says Viv Bennett

GP surgeries to trial extended opening hours

GP surgeries to trial extended opening hours

A new six-month trial will see patients in the North West have greater access to GPs, with surgeries opened into the evening and on weekends in a bid to reduce the number of unnecessary A&E visits.

Improving cancer survival with lifestyle advice

Improving cancer survival with lifestyle advice Subscription Required

Following a healthy lifestyle can help cancer survivors return to normal life, improve their quality of life and potentially reduce the risks of their cancer recurring

Many people unaware of how they can reduce the likelihood of developing cancer

13,000 cancer deaths a year 'preventable'

An estimated 13,000 cancer deaths could be prevented if the government met a World Health Organisation (WHO) target, campaigners said.

Holly Blake

Holly Blake: 'Should nurses be role models for health?'

Nurses may be viewed as less “credible” by patients if they appear hypocritical, says Holly Blake

Sally Davies

Sally Davies: ‘Preventing liver disease must be seen as a priority’

England is one of the few countries in the EU where a major cause of preventable death is on the increase. We need to take action to tackle this issue, says Sally Davies

Cheryll Adams

Cheryll Adams: 'New institute will boost research and quality in health visiting'

The Institute of Health Visiting will support the development of excellence in practice, says Cheryll Adams

plane travel airplane

Travel risk assessment and risk management Subscription Required

Tailored advice given during travel health consultations can help people to make informed choices about risk-management strategies.

A patient at mealtime

Nutrition screening in patients with COPD

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at increased risk of malnutrition. Nurses should ensure they screen patients and offer advice or referral

A patient injecting insulin

"Teaching injection technique will improve quality of life" Subscription Required

Helping to develop educational tools for health professionals will support people with diabetes to manage their injectable therapies in the best way

Viv Bennett

'Stories of fantastic work will build public confidence'

We must be explicit about the contribution of nursing to public health and wellbeing, says Viv Bennett

A group of older people

Using an adapted model of care to manage change Subscription Required

Care homes should move towards a remedial approach of caring for residents. This article supports managers in embedding organisational change

Mark Radcliffe

'Health promotion is swimming against a tide of greasy kebabs'

There are – and I consider myself an expert in this area – many different ways of not knowing things.

Is culture-specific care effective in improving diabetes management in the South Asian population?

Each week we pick out a practice article and pose some topics for you to debate and pose your own questions on. What do you think?

A patient giving themselves an insulin injection

Injection technique in insulin therapy Subscription Required

Insulin is the main injectable therapy used by people with diabetes, but often they do not receive adequate education on injection technique

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