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Understanding the impact of money on people's health and wellbeing

The invisibility of financial insecurity and poverty means that for best outcomes, nurses and midwives should not wait for the person to ask for help. Instead, they should talk to people in their care...

Vulnerability and trauma-informed practice: what nurses need to know

Trauma may be an event, a series of events, or a set of circumstances that a person experiences as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening. Usually unexpected, it overwhelms an...

Physical activity: how nurses and midwives can make a difference

As with many of the behavioural elements of public health, people experience better outcomes when physical activity habits are formed early in life and continue into adulthood and old age. Commonly...

Healthy ageing: what is the nurse's role?

‘The process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age.’ .

Antimicrobial stewardship: nurses' critical role in preventing antimicrobial resistance

Research shows that many people are unfamiliar with the purpose of antibiotics and how best to take them. For example, more than one third of the population surveyed thought that antibiotics were an...

Why air pollution is an important issue for all nurses

To support all health and care professionals to enhance their knowledge and, more importantly, to take greater action on key public health issues, PHE has published free online e-learning resources as...

What is inclusion health and why is it important for all nurses and midwives?

Nurses and midwives should be familiar with and understand the concept of inclusion health for people in their care because of the enormous implications this has on the way they deliver care. For...

Why all nurses play a critical role in population screening

Aminah is 18 years old and has been in the UK for 4 weeks. As a refugee, she travelled alone from Somalia and had a baby within 2 weeks of arrival. She is living temporarily in a hostel, has one room...

Obesity: the biggest public health challenge facing nursing this century

Research during the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the serious impact that obesity has on a person's physical and psychological health (PHE, 2020b; 2020c; Brown et al, 2021). It also plays a...

Nurses' role in curbing the pandemic affirms their wider remit in disease prevention and promoting vaccination

Vaccination is a routine element of NHS universal health care, which starts before birth and has proven success in improving key health outcomes. For example, rubella vaccination prior to conception,...

Building back better: nurses leading our approach to preventing, promoting and protecting All Our Health

‘The All Our Health framework is a call to action for all health and care professionals to embed prevention, early intervention, and health improvement in their day-to-day practice .

Smoking and tobacco: working towards the endgame as a vital part of post-COVID-19 recovery

Significant progress has been made in recent decades in driving down smoking rates in England. However, nearly 6 million adults continue to smoke (Office for National Statistics, 2020), with...

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