CPD articles

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

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...

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): updated guidelines

In 2004 the first National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines...

Primary care training for adults and children with confirmed anaphylaxis requiring...

Anaphylaxis is becoming more common, and research shows that effective patient education can...

Immunisation: promoting travel health

This article explores the issues involved when undertaking immunisations during a travel...

Helping patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease adhere to regimens

The management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is complex because people...

Assessing and treating adult patients with eczema

Eczematous conditions are common in all age ranges; this article focuses on conditions that...

Reviewing the meaning of your work

There are good reasons to periodically review the meaning of your work. The way you see what...

Promoting self-management of multiple sclerosis in primary care

This article discusses the impact of multiple sclerosis on people newly diagnosed and those...

Identifying and managing deep vein thrombosis

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common condition which has an impact on primary and...

Wound-related pain: features, assessment and treatment

This article explores the problem of wound-related pain. It provides an overview of the...

Leadership theories and the development of nurses in primary health care

Nurses who work in primary care create, develop, implement, evaluate and critique policy...

Investigating a practice skill

Practice skills are at the heart of successful primary health care. They are used to channel...

Managing pain in osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive disorder that affects the synovial joints including the...

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