CPD articles

Our continuing professional development (CPD) articles are designed to assist with your nursing skills and practice.

Panic disorder: Nature, assessment and treatment

Aims and intended learning outcomes This article discusses the characteristics of panic...

Older People with Mental Illness and Administration of Medicines: Consent and Capacity

This update intends to discuss some of the key issues around the needs of older people with...

Sharps injury: prevention and management

Nurses are at risk of infection through injuries caused by infected sharps and needles. The...

Trichotillomania (Hair-pulling): Nature, assessment and treatment

Trichotillomania is characterised by recurrent hair-pulling, leading to noticeable hair loss...

Internet skills for nurses

As the internet becomes increasingly accessible to more people, it is important to...

Environments and older people with dementia

The environment can have a profound effect on the quality of life for older people. This...

Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis; Illness Phobia): Nature, assessment and treatment

Health anxiety is characterised by an abnormal preoccupation with health and leads to a wide...

Schizophrenia: Diagnosis and an introduction to interventions

There can never be one generic approach to schizophrenia as there are too many variables. In...

Somatisation

Somatisation is the presentation of psychological distress as physical symptoms.

Mental health nursing and social inclusion

Discrimination against people with mental health problems gives rise to social exclusion. A...

Food and mood

A number of specific nutrients and other active substances in foods are thought to have a...

Nursing care plans in acute mental health nursing

Aims and intended learning outcomes This article promotes the care plan as a means of...

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Nature, assessment and treatment

Aims and intended learning outcomes This article discusses the characteristics of Body...

Community mental health nurses, primary care and the National Service Framework for...

Aims and intended learning outcomes The aim of this article is to explore how community...

The principles and practice of child protection

Nurses working with children might find themselves exposed to issues of child abuse. Sharon...

Quality and the new NHS

Aims and intended learning outcomes The aim of this article is to increases nurses’...

Phobias: Nature, assessment and treatment

Aims and intended learning outcomes This article discusses the characteristics of the...

Postnatal depression

Aims and intended learning outcomes The aim of this article is to examine the available...

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