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CNO summit: ‘three Ps’ toolkit encouraging nurses to promote good health launched

England chief nursing officer Jane Cummings and Public Health England’s Viv Bennett promoting optimal health via the ‘three Ps’ – Prevention,  Protection and Promotion 

England chief nursing officer Jane Cummings and Public Health England’s Viv Bennett promoting optimal health via the ‘three Ps’ – Prevention,  Protection and Promotion    

A new campaign encouraging all nurses to be involved with prevention, protection and promotion of good health has been launched.

England chief nursing officer Jane Cummings joined with Public Health England’s chief nurse Viv Bennett to produce guidance on how to ensure nurses include the ‘three Ps’ in their day-to-day work.

The toolkit provides evidence-based interventions to improve nurses' contribution in the prevention of avoidable illness, health protection and promotion of well-being and resilience.

Guidance focuses on tackling four key areas, including:

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Healthy eating, physical activity and healthy weight
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Healthy workforce

Each area has targeted advice for front-line nurses, managers and strategic leads.

‘Highly trusted workforce’

Front-line nurses are, for example, asked to promote effective handwashing as per the World Health Organization’s Save Lives – Clean Your Hands campaign.

Speaking at the Chief Nursing Officer Summit in Liverpool last Thursday, Professor Bennett said: ‘Nurses are both the biggest workforce and highly trusted. If we can take action together we can make a major difference.

‘Through our power we can help build health communities that build into healthy populations.’

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