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Are quiet summers a thing of the past?

‘Practice Nursing provides nurses working in general practice with the tools to reach their full potential and deliver the best possible care to their patients. Our monthly journal informs and...

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a global concern

NAFLD is an umbrella term used to describe a build-up of fat in the liver, known...

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Social prescriptions, including walking, wheeling and cycling, will be offered by general practice as part of a new trial to improve mental and physical health and reduce disparities across the...

Understanding autoimmune diseases: part 2

The basic underlying process of autoimmune diseases was discussed in part 1 of this series (Perry, 2022). In a healthy person, the immune system is able to destroy any invading organisms before they...

Exercise and breathing in rehabilitating long COVID

In exploring what effective rehabilitation would look like, Cheng et al (2021) recommend a comprehensive programme encompassing the promotion of functional recovery, as they note that this has been...

Skin cancer: getting back to basics

All skin types can develop skin cancer and at any age. It is more common among people with light (fair) skin (Fitzpatrick type 1 and 2 skin). Skin cancer can affect both men and women. Even teenagers...

Primary care cardiovascular disease prevention post-pandemic: a call to action

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the effects of disrupting treatment for patients with hypertension. Data from the Quality Outcomes Framework from 2020–21 showed that optimisation rates for patients...

How practice nurses could raise awareness of ovarian cancer

Practice nurses are at the forefront of women's health. Contraception, sexual health advice, menopause management and cervical screening are some of the regular interactions nurses have with women....

Tools, guidance and key events for general practice nurses

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published updated guidance on type 1 diabetes in adults, with amended recommendations on blood pressure targets for this group of...

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Although regular exercise and a healthy diet are central to the prevention of several chronic diseases, there is debate over whether one can ‘outrun a bad diet’ through high levels of physical...

Climate change and health: time to act?

The warming climate puts health at risk by increasing the likelihood of injuries and illness from extreme weather events, affecting the supply of safe water, crop failure leading to food shortages,...

Over 50s to be offered COVID-19 booster and flu jab this autumn

The programme of COVID-19 boosters is expected to start in early autumn, but further details have not been provided yet. Commenting on the autumn COVID-19 booster programme, Professor Anthony Harnden,...

Asthma reviews: an essential part of good care

Primary care nurses, therefore, face a major challenge of addressing a backlog of work created by the pandemic and at the same time ensuring that they meet Quality and Outcome Framework (QOF)...

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Female sexual dysfunction: what the practice nurse needs to know

Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) can affect women of any age and the causes are varied and complex. Perhaps the most widely adopted diagnostic criteria for female sexual dysfunction are contained in...

Dietitians: roles in the community and contribution to patient care

It can be easy to overlook the ‘pandemic’ of malnutrition in the UK. With the abundance of shops, restaurants and fast-food outlets in the country, and with the media focusing often on obesity-the...

Video group consultations take centre stage

When lockdown hit, the doors of the surgery shut overnight, and it was unclear what would happen next. Maggi said: ‘General practice nurses build up relationships with patients, and that's how we...

Prescribing the resolution of conflict in general practice

Conflict affects health. A GP surgery is often the first port of call when anxiety, depression or insomnia arising from conflict impacts wellbeing. The treatment for these conditions may alleviate...

Research Roundup

Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury-based deaths worldwide, and although balance tends to be reasonably preserved until the sixth decade of life, it starts to diminish quickly...

Tools, guidance and key events for general practice nurses

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare has collaborated with a number of organisations, including the British Menopause Society and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, to...

Nurses at the centre of primary care

‘Practice Nursing provides nurses working in general practice with the tools to reach their full potential and deliver the best possible care to their patients. Our monthly journal informs and...

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New legislation has been introduced to allow nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists to certify fit notes. The change aims to take pressure off of GPs and cut bureaucracy....

Understanding autoimmune diseases in primary care

The function of the body's immune system is to recognise foreign elements and destroy them before they cause problems. In healthy individuals, specialised systems regulate the immune system to ensure...

Dysphagia in the older person: an update

There are four phases in a normal swallow (Table 1). Oropharyngeal dysphagia is described as difficulty initiating a swallow or passing food through the region of the mouth or throat. Oesophageal...

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