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‘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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The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Public Health Scotland, Public Health...

Rescue packs for COPD: problem or panacea?

AECOPD are defined as an acute worsening of the respiratory symptoms associated with COPD, including cough, breathlessness and sputum production and which require additional therapy (NICE, 2019a;...

Urinary incontinence in men: what the practice nurse needs to know

Urinary incontinence has been defined by the International Continence Society (ICS) as ‘any involuntary leakage of urine’ (Abrams et al, 2003; Haylen et al, 2010). NHS England (2018) estimate that, in...

Managing allergic rhinitis in children and young people

Allergic rhinitis affects many children and young people in the UK causing significant symptoms and a reduction in quality of life. It can be poorly perceived by children, their families and health...

Overcoming OSCE anxiety

OSCE anxiety is transient, unlike an anxiety disorder which is a common mental health presentation that persists for more than 6 months (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Test anxiety can...

Feasibility of adopting Minimum Education Standards for general practice nursing

Our ‘proof of concept’ test found that it was feasible to use Minimum Standards to review GPN courses collaboratively, assisted by a structured template and local facilitation. Stakeholders were in...

Type 2 diabetes and depression: what is the link?

But what about the mental aspects of T2D? Adams et al (2022) cite evidence showing that depression is more common among individuals with T2D than those without T2D, and that insulin therapy is...

Changing mindsets to see the benefits of hosting students

We work very closely with Northumbria University and Health Education England and their Effective Learning Environments Team to ensure that we can offer the maximum number of student placements. We...

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In primary care, ‘safety-netting’ – a term first coined in 1987 – is a diagnostic strategy that involves monitoring patients with symptoms possibly indicative of serious illness until they are...

Tools, guidance and key events for general practice nurses

The Royal College of Nursing commissioned an independent review to identify and compare international definitions and guidance used to describe standard and transmission-based infection prevention...

Rebuild general practice nursing

‘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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The NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun offering a Spring booster jab to the most vulnerable. About five million people will be able to get a Spring booster during the campaign..

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Allergic rhinitis and its impact on airways disease

Exposure to allergens leads to early and late phase allergic reactions. The early phase reaction is characterised by sneezing and rhinorrhoea as a result of histamine, prostaglandin and leukotriene...

The past, present and future of advanced nursing practice

Historically, there has been confusion surrounding the level of academic attainment, skills acquisition, knowledge and role identity that defines advanced nursing practice. However, more recently,...

Practice nurse workforce numbers: are we heading towards a problem?

Despite the need for practice nurses, the number of nurses working in primary care remains significantly lower in comparison to secondary care as shown in Figure 1. It is worth noting that NHS Digital...

Making self-harm everyone's business: a consideration of the new national guideline

Compiling accurate statistics about self-harm incidence is challenging as it is often a hidden behaviour, with only a small minority of patients who have self-harmed being seen in a hospital setting....

The importance of robust education in general practice

Robust education, teaching, supervising and assessing learners are all essential elements to consider in relation to patient safety – but also to the retention of the nursing workforce. If a nurse is...

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Globally, seasonal influenza causes an estimated 389 000 deaths from respiratory disease each year. This is cited by Kajikawa et al (2022), who highlight the importance of understanding why...

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council, in collaboration with the General Medical Council, have updated their guidance on duty of candour. The refreshed version of the guidance includes updates about...

How safe are e-cigarettes for patients with COPD? A systematic review

This systematic review focused on identifying quantitative empirical research, providing numerical data detailing the effect of e-cigarette use on pulmonary health outcomes. The PICO model...

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How to recognise and support someone with an eating disorder

The UK's leading charity for eating disorders, Beat, estimates that there are about 1.25 million people in the UK with an eating disorder, and 75% of those are women (Beat, 2022). They also commented...

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In this meta-analysis of 208 studies with 3 550 997 participants from over 32 countries, Sawadogo et al (2022) evaluated the association between overweight or obesity and COVID-19-related...

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NaTHNac has published a reminder on insect and tick bite prevention. Travellers are reminded that they may be at risk of mosquito spread infections, eg chikungunya, dengue and malaria, or bites from...

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