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A new era of public health

The OHID hopes to prevent health conditions before they develop, and therefore reduce the burden on healthcare services. It is clear they have a mammoth task ahead of them. Tobacco, obesity, alcohol...

Giving travel advice in the uncertain age of COVID-19

Links to recent and upcoming changes in guidance for all 4 areas of the UK...

Diagnosing COPD in general practice

Long-term exposure to risk factors such as tobacco smoking – the most common cause of COPD – and symptoms caused by progressive lung damage are often present before individuals seek a diagnosis. The...

Advanced practice education and development

During the 1990s, regulation of nurses was provided by the United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC). The UKCC undertook a number of consultations and identified growing support for regulation of ‘higher...

PROTECT NOW: A new resource for diabetes and kidney health

The iDEAL diabetes multi-disciplinary (MDT) advocacy group, following the success of ACT NOW, are aiming to reduce the number of preventable lower limb amputations by 50% in 5 years (Edmonds et al,...

World COPD Day: supporting people to live well with COPD

It is important to ensure from the moment someone presents at their GP practice with symptoms of COPD that they get support for smoking cessation if they smoke. Having a conversation with patients...

Stand up for general practice

I am sure it hasn't escaped your attention that the media onslaught on general practice has continued this month, with stories deploring the apparent lack of face-to-face appointments and campaigns...

New approaches to an old challenge: what can we do about smoking?

Raising the subject of smoking with patients should be standard practice in all healthcare settings, but we know from a study published by Cancer Research UK (2019a) that only 53% of primary care...

Preventing skin tears among older adults in general practice

Skin tears can present a complex and chronic problem for an older patient with fragile skin, and can be very disabling, reducing quality of life dramatically in some cases. The right care is essential...

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A free revalidation portfolio and CPD resource for nurses and midwives.

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Fungal skin infections

Fungal infections caused by dermatophytes, a group of fungi that invade and grow in dead keratin, lead to infection that is normally confined to dead layers of skin. Because dermatophytes require...

Shaping and delivering services in primary care: benzodiazepine and opiate withdrawal service

Good practice in prescribing opioid medicines for pain should reflect fundamental principles in prescribing generally. The decision to prescribe is underpinned by applying best professional...

COVID vaccination: What's next?

There are concerns that developed countries such as the UK have resorted to ‘vaccine nationalism’, that is stockpiling vaccines to prioritise rapid access for their citizens due to public or political...

We should be celebrating general practice, not criticising

It would be so helpful to have more public messaging with positive stories of general practices being open to face-to-face appointments, and more stories of the benefits of remote access to a...

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Burnout and stress in general practice

It has been a long and winding road over the past 18 months. The focus of the news has been on secondary care, but what has it been like for practice nursing – a generally overlooked and undervalued...

Anaemia in primary care: iron deficiency and anaemia of chronic disease

Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) is the most common cause of anaemia and is a problem worldwide, with an estimated 500 million people affected, occurring both in low-income countries such as sub-Saharan...

Understanding the pharmacology of heart failure

HF is defined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) as a complex clinical syndrome that occurs from any structural or functional impairment of ventricular filling...

Living with long COVID

The new guideline for NICE (2021) recommends that patients presenting with new or ongoing symptoms 4 weeks or later after an initial COVID-19 infection should have the following investigations done: a...

Compassion in leadership: staff morale and burnout

Work-related stress is prevalent within the NHS (2020) and if not acknowledged and resolved may lead to burnout. Burnout can be defined as a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, cynicism and negative...

Raising awareness: ‘but you don't look like you have a stoma…’

I have always been honest and open about my condition and my stoma, yet I have encountered many negative perceptions, bewildered and commiserative looks. I am not embarrassed or ashamed of my ostomy,...

News Focus

Events will be held across the UK as the RCN prepares to consult members on next steps, after dissatisfaction with the Government's offer of a 3% pay rise..

Winter worries

Paediatric A&Es are reporting that they have had the busiest couple of months on record, with one doctor saying ‘We are effectively running a winter-level emergency department response in the...

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Sexual history taking in primary care

STIs still carry a degree of stigma in society and to enable a patient to feel free to disclose information to the health professional they need to be confident that their privacy will be respected....

Understanding the use of pulse oximetry in COVID-19 disease

The fundamental principle in pulse oximetry is that when light is shone through a substance, some of that light is absorbed as it passes through the substance and the light that is not absorbed can be...

Evidence-based strategies to promote vaccine acceptance

The range of psychological, physical and contextual barriers to vaccination uptake are set out in a previous paper (While, 2021).

Is health coaching the next panacea in healthcare reform?

According to the WHO (2020), causes of death can be grouped into three categories: communicable, noncommunicable and injury, with non-communicable disease accounting for 74% of deaths globally in 2019...

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