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FGM: raising awareness in community-based health practice

‘all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.’ .

Technology-enabled care in practice: from apps to Skype

In general practice, nurses have been using technology to record patient consultations for some time and familiarity with software has enabled a higher level of record-keeping and more thorough audit,...

Framing obesity: disease status, language and stigma

Obesity is both highly prevalent and visible. Many consider it to be a disease state, and it is also a risk factor for developing other serious, long-term conditions. In the UK, over 26% of adults are...

Less is more when reducing antimicrobial prescribing

AMR arises when the organisms that cause infection evolve methods to survive attempts to kill or suppress them. This can happen naturally, but it is accelerated by the inappropriate use of...

Polypharmacy and deprescribing in people with learning disabilities

Shared decision-making, a key component of universal personalised care in The NHS Long Term Plan (NHS, 2019), aims to provide people with the same choice and control over their mental and physical...

AMR: effective infection prevention and control measures

As a result of AMR, standard treatments become ineffective and infections persist and may spread to others. The O'Neill (2016a) report estimated that by 2050, 10 million lives a year and a cumulative...

Vaccination uptake and information for parents

It is recommended by the European Region of WHO that UK coverage for all routine childhood vaccinations should achieve a 95% uptake rate (WHO, 1999). Not only does this provide direct protection for...

Building resilience in contemporary nursing practice

The NHS Staff and Learners' Mental Wellbeing Commission (Health Education England (HEE), 2019) reported that further research is needed into the causes of distress, fatigue, self-harm and suicide...

Social prescribing in practice: community-centred approaches

Personalised care promotes the health professional to consider the ‘person’ as opposed to the ‘patient’ (NHS England, 2018). In doing so, the person's needs are placed central to decision-making,...

Polypharmacy perspectives in general practice environments

One of the challenges in discussing polypharmacy, and the related medication safety implications, is that the term lacks a universally accepted definition (Cadogan et al, 2016). The term...

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