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Efforts to boost health professionals’ knowledge of nutrition and ensure they feel confident talking to patients about sensitive topics like weight are among steps designed to tackle the UK’s obesity crisis set out in the long-term plan for the NHS in England.
Problem drinkers and smokers who end up in hospital will be helped by dedicated new services, as part of the new NHS long-term plan, according to those behind the strategy.
More so-called “drunk tanks” will be set up around England to take the pressure off hospital and 999 services over Christmas and New Year, it has been announced.
A mental health nurse who overcame alcoholism and successfully regained his registration has called for more support for other nurses battling addiction.
Nurses and other healthcare professionals have been urged to rethink the needs of older people with drinking problems.
The UK is just behind the countries of Scandinavia and Central Europe as well as smaller nations like Cuba, Bermuda and Andorra when it comes to health worker density, according to a major study.
The loss of alcoholic specialist roles, such as wellbeing nurses, in local services struggling with cash shortages is preventing alcoholics from getting the help they need, according to a national inquiry.
Diabetes patients are more likely to die from suicide, accidents and alcohol-related causes, according to a new study, which suggests this could be linked to poor mental health.
It’s freshers time at universities and across mainstream and social media we have been seeing the inevitable pictures of students lurching around city centres in a drunk and dishevelled state.
Every hospital in England would have dedicated nurses in place to support people struggling with alcohol misuse if Labour were in power, the party has announced.
A nurse who has dedicated her career to supporting patients with alcohol issues is to retire next month after nearly 40 years’ service to the NHS.
People who either abstain from drinking from alcohol in the long term or drink heavily are at increased risk of developing dementia compared to moderate drinkers, a study suggests.
A group of organisations in the South Yorkshire town of Doncaster have held their first “pop-up hub” to help homeless people and rough sleepers with health issues and other concerns.
Alcohol is the main cause of liver disease and associated death. By raising awareness and offering brief interventions, not only to patients but also to family and friends, nurses can potentially save lives, argues Gerri Mortimore
Nurse-led clinics offered in hostels for homeless people can be an effective way of providing sexual health care to a hard-to-reach, at-risk population. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion
It is widely thought that drinking alcohol is harmful to people living with heart failure. This article reviews the evidence on whether these patients should be advised to abstain from alcohol
The NHS will decide this year whether to introduce “drunk tanks” across the country to take the pressure off accident and emergency departments at busy times of year.
Many independent clinics that provide residential detoxification in England are not providing “safe or good quality care”, according to a warning from the health and social care regulator.
Developing a comprehensive hospital alcohol liaison service involves all staff in assessing patient risk and making appropriate referrals. This initiative won the award for Emergency and Critical Care in the 2016 Nursing Times Awards
Consuming even low amounts of alcohol in pregnancy may be linked with higher chances of having a small baby and delivering prematurely, according to UK researchers.
Brief training in mindfulness strategies could help heavy drinkers start to cut back on alcohol consumption, according to UK researchers.
In Nottinghamshire, a dedicated team cares for people with alcohol-related chronic ill health. This initiative won the award for Managing Long-term Conditions in the 2016 Nursing Times Awards
The majority of healthcare professionals believe public health is an important part of their job, but only around a fifth currently measure the impact of their work in the area, according to two national organisations that have developed a new tool for the purpose.
Nearly nine of out of 10 accident and emergency departments are failing to identify young people with alcohol problems, in contravention of national guidelines, suggests a UK study.
Specialised treatment and a pathway for return to practice should be favoured over discipline for nurses that have been found to have substance and alcohol use disorders, according to US experts.
Hospital admissions due to alcohol are at their highest ever levels having increased more than 60% in the past 10 years, show new figures.
The Mindful way, Alcohol RecoverySubscription
’A book about how to manage the addiction and the life style of alcoholism’
A request by nurses at a Danish hospital to break the rules and allow a terminally ill patient to have a glass of white wine and a cigarette have become a social media sensation.
The proportion of women in Europe who drink alcohol when they know they are pregnant is highest in the UK and lowest in Norway, according to researchers.
‘Am I drinking too much?’Subscription
Can you advise this student nurse?
Drug Dealer, MDSubscription
’I found myself drawing experiences of patients I have met throughout my career in healthcare and how “addicts” as we categorise them, adopt the same behavioural characteristics’
The holistic guide for cancer survivorsSubscription
’This “impeccably researched and reassuring book” should be read by everybody touched by cancer either on a professional or personal basis’
A patient is a member of a familySubscription
We talk about a holistic approach to care but often fail to provide comfort and support to the people that matter the most to patients; their families
Refer heavy drinkers for liver scans, says NICE Subscription
Patients judged to be drinking too much, based on units consumed per week, should be sent for scans to detect early liver disease, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
RCN warns of ‘profound public health challenges’Subscription
The Royal College of Nursing has warned of a “stark” need to tackle increasing obesity levels, especially in deprived areas, following the publication of new national data.
The Council of Deans of Health has announced the election of Professor Brian Webster-Henderson as its chair-elect.
Nurse receives award for helping combat veteransSubscription
A mental health nurse in Northumberland has been awarded a prestigious prize for his innovative approach to supporting ex-service personnel with substance misuse issues.
Patients with acute pancreatitis are being repeatedly admitted to hospital because the cause is not always identified or treated properly, an assessment of care has revealed.
Sharp rise in teen poisonings over past 20 yearsSubscription
There has been a sharp rise in the overall number of teen poisonings over the past 20 years in the UK, particularly among girls and young women, according to researchers.
Is a pint of beer a day good for the heart?Subscription
“Pint of beer a day could protect you from heart attacks,” The Independent reports. A new review on the alleged protective effects of moderate beer drinking has been warmly welcomed by the UK media – but nobody reported that it was funded by an Italian beer trade association.
Trust launches pioneering baby screening pathwaySubscription
Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester has launched a new approach to highlight the dangers of drinking in pregnancy to unborn babies.
There has been a significant increase in patient access to nurses specialising in health problems linked to alcohol in accident and emergency settings over the last five years, say researchers.
Concerns have been raised that nurses could become involved in the coercive treatment of patients with mental health problems who may in the future be denied welfare benefits if they refuse therapy.
Using online tools to treat alcohol misuseSubscription
Stigma and difficulty accessing services may prevent people from seeking treatment for alcohol misuse, but digital tools can overcome some of the barriers they experience
The results of a Cochrane review, which explored the efficacy of pharmacotherapy as a treatment for anxiety in the presence of comorbid alcohol disorders
Nurses are being encouraged to share successful public health schemes they have been involved with through a new website launched by the Royal College of Nursing.
Beer drinking raises thousands for nurse charitySubscription
The Cavell Nurses’ Trust has received more than £2,000 from the sale of over 45,000 pints of beer named in honour of the nurse who prompted the charity’s creation.
Public health funding for councils will be cut by £77m in 2016-17, the government has confirmed.
Intentions to cut down on calories, alcohol and negative thinking are often abandoned within weeks of the new year, but will reduced alcohol limit guidelines help at least one of these stick?
“Study … found that Dry January leads to healthier drinking habits,” the Mail Online reports. Dry January involves giving up alcohol for the month. There is limited evidence about whether taking part in the challenge could lead to long-term changes in patterns of drinking.