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Improving physical health in people with severe mental illness

How a person is affected by their mental illness will have an impact on their behaviour, communication and ability to take on board information and advice. Understanding the symptoms will be helpful...

Increasing physical activity in people with COPD

The fundamental mechanisms of physical inactivity in COPD are poorly understood, with a number of published theories available (Barnes and Celli, 2009; Troosters et al, 2013). One widely accepted...

Insulin safety: what is all the fuss about?

When a clinical decision is made to commence insulin therapy, the initial assessment and discussion with the person with diabetes is paramount, and using this framework will provide the reader with a...

Highlighting the value you bring to general practice

The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) is aware of this both through our self-referrals for the ‘TalkToUs’ service and the NHS England/NHS Improvement commissioned report on general practice nurses'...

Digital transformation in general practice nursing during COVID-19

I devised a questionnaire examining aspects of knowledge and use of technology. With medical student volunteers and interpreters in some cases, we rang 200 random patients—ranging in age from 18 years...

Understanding and supporting children and young people with eating disorders

Eating disorders most often develop between the age of 15 and 35 years. With approximately 0.3–0.5% of the population up to 18 years developing anorexia nervosa, it is nevertheless a relatively rare...

Raising awareness of cervical cancer in younger women

September was Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month and we at Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust launched new research into cervical cancer symptom awareness among women aged 18 years and over. Worryingly,...

Understanding COVID-19 in at-risk patients

Because COVID-19 is a new disease, there is still a huge amount to learn, and scientists are desperately trying to uncover many of the unknown elements. What is known is that there are a number of...

Isolation and loneliness: pilot of a coffee morning hosted in a general practice

Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses, and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services..

Travel and COVID-19: what the practice nurse needs to know

On 4 July 2020, UK travel advice changed, with exemptions for travelling to certain countries and territories no longer considered to pose an unacceptably high risk for UK travellers. The UK...

Prototyping a new minimum standard for general practice nurse education

Capital Nurse is a time limited initiative for all nurses in London, running from 2015 until 2020 funded by Health Education England (HEE), NHS England (NHSE) and NHS Improvement. The Capital Nurse...

Investigating staff perceptions and experiences of telephone triage in general practice

The majority of research reviewed details the use of CDSS, employed in every nurse-led clinic in America and common-place in the Netherlands (Smits et al, 2017) and OOH services in the UK. These...

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