CPD articles

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

Therapeutic communication

As the population ages and the incidence of chronic diseases and lifestyle-related...

Fibromyalgia: clinical features, diagnosis and management

Patients with fibromyalgia experience chronic widespread pain, with associated symptoms of...

Using the British National Formulary effectively

Nursing students, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in prescribing,...

Effective design, implementation and management of change in healthcare

Changes in healthcare organisations are common, and their implementation is often complex...

Identifying residents at risk of care complications in care homes

Care complications are common conditions which affect residents in care homes and often...

Improving management of sepsis in the community

Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to...

Intravenous cannula site management

Intravenous cannulation is becoming one of the most common procedures in healthcare as...

In-hospital resuscitation: recognising and responding to adults in cardiac arrest

Survival rates following in-hospital cardiac arrest remain low. The majority of patients who...

Adverse drug reactions: classification, susceptibility and reporting

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are increasingly common and are a significant cause of...

Assessment of injury severity in patients with major trauma

Major trauma centres provide specialised care for patients who have experienced serious...

Falls risk assessment in older patients in hospital

Falls are the most frequent adverse event reported in hospitals, usually affecting older...

Barrier products in the treatment of incontinence-associated dermatitis

This article reviews contemporary primary research studies to establish the evidence...

An overview of diabetes

Healthcare professionals in all settings increasingly encounter people with diabetes...

Gastrointestinal care for older people

This article discusses gastrointestinal (GI) healthcare in older people. It outlines the...

Part 2: Palliative and end-of-life care for people living with dementia in care homes

This article, the second of two, provides healthcare practitioners with an overview of best...

Part 1: Palliative and end-of-life care for people living with dementia in care homes

The terms palliative and end of life care are often used interchangeably and healthcare...

Mentorship practice and revalidation

Nurses and midwives who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are...

Early diagnosis and testing for human immunodeficiency virus

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is now considered a long-term condition. However, HIV can...

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