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New PHE document recommends ways to promote public health

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Public Health England (PHE) has released a document outlining how nurses should use their skills to make an impact on public health.

The Nursing and Midwifery Contribution to Public Health review identifies a range of tools, which have been reviewed and developed to assist nurses and midwives to deliver evidence-based care.

It also emphasises the importance on making every contact count in order to maximise public health.

Viv Bennett, the director of nursing and the government's principal advisor on public health nursing at the PHE, said: ‘Nurses and midwives have key roles in improving and protecting the public's health. Every nurse and midwife can become a health-promoting practitioner by using their knowledge and skills to make a personal and professional impact. Nurses working in primary care, with their knowledge of local communities, have a wide service reach from individuals to case-loads to populations and, with their knowledge and skills in prevention and early intervention, have a great potential and opportunity to contribute to population health.'

PHE is focusing on five priorities to maximise public health:

  • Improving health in the workplace.
  • Supporting families through working with health visiting and school nursing.
  • Protecting the country from infectious disease and environmental hazards.
  • Focusing on recovery from conditions such as dementia, anxiety, depression and drug dependency.
  • Helping people to live longer and healthier lives by reducing preventable deaths associated with smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and poor mental health.

The document goes on to outline the ways that nurses and midwives can improve health on individual, community and population levels.

To read the full document visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/210100/NMR_final.pdf

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