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Resources launched for nurses to improve public health

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Nurses can now download a series of resources to support commissioning and delivering of public health services in local areas.

Launched by Public Health England, Health Matters, will be a range of resources based on the eight public health priorities. These include tobacco, obesity, alcohol, antimicrobial disease, tuberculosis, early years and dementia. Some of the editions will look at other areas of PHE's mandated functions. The first resource, released today, is aimed around smoking cessation.

The resources will bring together local and national level data, policy and programme expertise, and campaigning and social marketing resources.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE, said: 'Health Matters is part of our mission to provide user-friendly advice and guidance and in particular, on what works. This is the first in the series and we hope it wil prove helpful to practitioners and policy makers in helping people to quit smoking.'

The resource has already been shared and tested with stakeholders.

Christine Mead, behaviour change commisssioner from the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said: 'I found Health Matters a really useful resource, particularly the presentation and teh reference guide. I can use the content easily and directly with different teams, departments anf services and it's also indightful for the development of our strategy work.'

The remainder of the resources will be released in due course and can be downloaded through the Health Matters website.

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