CPD articles

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

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...

Long-term urethral catheterisation

This article discusses long-term urethral catheterisation, focusing on the relevant anatomy...

Diabetes and obesity: perspectives of the nature/nurture debate

Not enough consideration is given to the difficulties that many patients with diabetes...

Dry skin conditions: an evidence-based focus on natural oatmeal emollients

Dry and itchy skin conditions are extremely common in all age groups and can affect up to...

A holistic approach to meeting the needs of patients with conditions that affect their...

This article examines how patients and their families are affected by disfiguring conditions...

Vaccine-preventable infections in travellers abroad – meningococcal disease

Vaccination is the answer to preventing bacterial meningitis, and has been particularly...

Improving long-term outcomes for rheumatoid arthritis: evidence-based care

This article examines the complexities of identifying the signs and symptoms of patients...

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