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Understanding HPV and cervical screening

HPV is a group of viruses that most sexually active people come into contact with during their lifetime: it is estimated approximately 8 in 10 people will be infected with HPV at some point in their...

Insulin for diabetes: 100 years of therapy

During the summer of 1921, an unlikely team consisting of Frederick Banting, a...

Prescribing errors in general practice

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA, 2014) defines a medication error as: ‘a patient safety incident where there has been an error in the process of prescribing, preparing,...

Assessment and examination of the respiratory system

Taking a patient history is an essential element in establishing a diagnosis and is used to get a deeper understanding of the patient's symptoms. The purpose of a systematic health history is to...

Lack of political recognition for nurses working in general practice

Given that the first time nurses and GPs heard about the acceleration of the programme was when the Prime Minister announced it in the media on the evening of Sunday 12 December, the response in...

Practice nursing: saving the Cinderella service

‘It's no surprise that many of my colleagues tell me they feel undervalued and invisible.’ .

New guidance for ME and CFS to improve understanding of these largely misunderstood conditions

The recommendations noted that both ME and CFS have not been clearly defined. They highlighted a lack of pathological evidence of brain inflammation, meaning the use of ‘encephalitis’ is problematic....

Here we go again

‘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...

To irrigate or not?

We know if left untreated, symptoms of ear wax build up can lead to a greater risk of ear infections, social isolation, depression and sometimes an increased risk of falls. This is more evident during...

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

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What practice nurses need to know about the NICE chronic kidney disease guidelines

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined as a reduction in kidney function, or damage to kidney structure, which has persisted for greater than 3 months and which is associated with other...

Identification and management of dysfunctional breathing in primary care

The ‘breathing drive’ is responsive to the body's requirements detected by feedforward and feedback loops from the brain and receptors in the respiratory system, with underlying ‘background’ control...

Understanding constipation in adults

Prevalence rates for constipation are difficult to determine as it is likely that some of those affected may try self-help measures or over the counter (OTC) remedies and therefore never consult a...

Communication barriers that affect medication adherence in patients with learning disabilities

Adherence is described by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an acknowledged agreement between patient and prescriber concerning clinical recommendations and the extent to...

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SCREEN NOW: a new educational resource for diabetes and eye health

Following on from previous initiatives and the national and international outreach these had, iDEAL brought together leading experts in diabetes and eye health to design and create a series of...

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 (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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...

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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...

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...

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