CPD articles

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

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...

Treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease was first identified more than 100 years ago but still relatively little...

Clinical leadership in primary care

The need for good clinical leadership has never been more important. With the major shifts...

Poor performance: managing the first informal stages

Effective staff management is a vital aspect of the team leader role; it ensures high...

Outbreaks of infection in community settings: the nursing implications

Outbreaks of infection are managed by specialist practitioners in public health and...

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