CPD articles

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

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...

Meningococcal disease: diagnosis and prevention

Meningococcal disease is a global problem responsible for significant morbidity and...

Lipids explained: screening to treatment

One of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease commonly seen in primary care is raised...

Managing risk in childhood infectious disease: assessment and treatment of children by...

This article discusses the management of children under the age of five who present to...

Nutritional management of children who follow therapeutic diets for medical reasons

A child’s nutritional status has a significant effect on health and development. While...

Definitions, diagnosis and phenotypical treatment of severe asthma

A quarter of a million people in the UK are affected by severe asthma, which can cause a...

Recognising and meeting the needs of people with osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common condition among older people, and is responsible for a...

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