CPD articles

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

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...

Diagnosis, prevention and treatment of fungal infections

Most fungi live harmlessly in the environment, but some species can cause disease in the...

Asthma update: recommendations for diagnosis, treatment and management

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways associated with a high level of...

The management of caseloads in district nursing services

Working in the community requires an additional set of skills from working in the acute...

Skin cancer: an overview of assessment and management

This article provides an overview of the most prevalent types of skin cancer and pre-...

Reducing the incidence of skin cancers

Malignant melanoma rates have increased significantly in the UK in recent years and...

Using and developing the evidence base in primary health care

The balance of care is shifting to the community, fiscal constraints are becoming tighter...

Motor neurone disease: an overview

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a rare progressive neurological condition for which there is...

Pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis: nature or nurture?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with homeostatic processes in the body and its...

Escherichia coli recognition and prevention

Escherichia coli ( E.coli ) is a normal inhabitant of the human gastrointestinal tract able...

Ovarian cancer: symptoms, treatment and long-term patient management

Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death among women. It has a poor...

Importance of nutrition in palliative care of patients with chronic disease

Good nutrition is important in caring for patients with life-limiting illness, not only for...

The travel health consultation: a focus on risk assessment and risk management

Risk assessment and risk management are fundamental to an effective travel health...

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