CPD articles

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

The management and treatment of acne

Acne is a common skin condition. Acne lesions are classified by their clinical appearance as...

The role of the community nurse in integrated end of life care

Although some people receive excellent care at the end of their lives, many do not. Services...

Use of patient group directions in medicines management

Patient group directions (PGDs) are used widely in the NHS for the supply and/or...

Measles: symptoms, diagnosis, management and prevention

Measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases and less than 15 minutes’...

Asthma care – time for a rethink

Asthma is a common problem managed in primary care, however many patients do not have good...

Management of patients with chronic heart failure in the community

This article explores the evidence for service improvements in the provision of care to...

The use of probiotics to help manage changes in the gut as people age

The aim of this article is to help readers understand the changes that occur in...

Influenza: disease, epidemiology and the importance of vaccination uptake by healthcare...

Influenza viruses present challenges to healthcare systems and vaccination co-ordinators...

Assessment and management of vulval skin conditions

This article outlines the issues involved in assessing and managing patients who present...

Strategies to encourage healthy eating among children and young adults

There is a need for children and young people to improve their diets to meet recommended...

Preceptorship of nurses in the community

There is recognition that newly qualified nurses find it difficult to make the transition to...

Promoting a patient’s right to autonomy: implications for primary healthcare...

The aim of this second of two articles is to consider a range of situations in which...

Promoting a patient’s right to autonomy: implications for primary healthcare...

It is an established legal and ethical principle that healthcare practitioners must respect...

The travel health consultation

The pre-travel consultation should be a health-promotion activity where a thorough risk...

Networking in primary health care: how connections can increase social capital

This article highlights the growing need for primary healthcare practitioners to develop...

Healthcare professionals’ response to domestic violence

Victims of domestic violence have increased contact with healthcare services, but the abuse...

The role of inhaled bronchodilators and inhaler devices in COPD management

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for the conditions of...

Pathophysiology and pharmacological management of asthma from a nature-nurture...

The maintenance of health depends on nature (associated with genes) and nurture (associated...

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