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What would Tom Kitwood have thought?

The late Tom Kitwood, building on the work of Carl Rogers, developed the concept of person-centred care for people with dementia (Kitwood, 1997). Proposed first in the late 1980s at the University of...

The changing face of ill health

‘COVID-19 pandemic… likely created a change in attitudes away from ‘the show...

Aysha Mendes provides a synopsis and brief review of a selection of recently published research articles that are of interest to community nurses, highlighting key points to keep you up to date; a full reference is provided for those who wish to read the research in more detail

Oral anti-cancer medications (OAM) are increasingly being used in cancer care. They have the potential to particularly benefit patients in the community who can be treated in their homes, while also...

The changing nature of dying: lessons from the pandemic

The pandemic has pushed death rituals to resemble what happened with industrialisation where death was, in most families, removed from the home set up to institutions where strangers cared for the...

The law in relation to safeguarding and the community nurse

Safeguarding is an important consideration for all nurses, especially community nurses who are best placed to identify safeguarding risks while visiting patients at home. The first key principle in...

Risk and dementia

Box 1 looks at the case of Henry, and his wife Gail. In Henry's situation, it is clearly demonstrated that by minimising a risk in one area (in this case, it is his risk of falling when walking...

The specialist community practitioner district nurse's role in optimising COPD

COPD is determined as a health care priority and the SCPDN is well-placed to contribute to the diagnosis, management and optimisation of the disease. Globally, COPD is a leading cause of...

‘No health without mental health’: where are we now?

Wellbeing is defined as the combination of living functionally and feeling well (Huppert, 2009). While it is recognised within this definition that negative emotions and experiences are a part of...

Keeping patients safe through medication review and management in the community

This article aims to describe and analyse the types of medication errors among community-dwelling patients following their discharge within 3 weeks from an acute care hospital..

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Managing incontinence-associated dermatitis in the community: an overview

Community nurses, with their wide-ranging scope of practice and access to patients' daily lives, are well-placed to support individuals with a condition as intimate and personal as IAD. When the...

Reducing the burden: managing lymphoedema and its complications

It is a complicated system that drains out fluid from the body's tissues and returns it back into the circulator system. It is a passive system, relying on the body's own movements to drive it and to...

Developing the future district nursing workforce

District nursing is key to supporting and caring for individuals and their families within their homes, and avoiding unnecessary hospital admission. This is reflected in the policies of the four...

Taking sustainability seriously

‘The NHS, like other sectors, is a source of GHG emissions with the NHS emissions representing 4% of England's total carbon footprint and 40% of public sector emissions.’ .

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Deprivation of liberty and the community nurse

As part of their caseloads, community nurses are likely to have patients who are resident in care and nursing homes, and the nurse will be in contact with patients who are either explicitly or...

Community support for families affected by dementia

David was 70 years of age when he first started to notice problems with his memory. Initially, this was just forgetting appointments, and occasionally struggling to find the right words, but over time...

Initial evaluation of a technologyenabled change in delivery of the dementia service during COVID-19 in North Warwickshire

Table 2 shows that there was a reduction in all areas of urgent health care: a 46% reduction in hospital admissions, a 43% reduction in 999 call outs, a 62% reduction in GP contacts and a 63%...

Diabetic bladder dysfunction

In order to void normally and to maintain bladder control, it is necessary to have a coordinated, sustained bladder contraction of adequate size and duration, a decrease in resistance of the bladder...

Delegation of insulin administration: a survey of community nursing teams in England

The study aim was to evaluate use of the national voluntary framework for the delegation of insulin administration and the uptake of this delegation practice in community nursing in England..

Exploring the barriers to oral healthcare promotion and provision in the community

The aforementioned study discussed has shed a clear and necessary light on the uncertainty experienced by community nurses in providing oral healthcare to older people and other patient demographics...

Pets, obesity and nurses: surgical site infections in the community

Despite relatively low postoperative mortality, some iatrogenic bacteria showing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) remain deadly. For example, Acinetobacter baumannii causes serious nosocomial infections...

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Making ‘care closer to home’ a reality

The World Health Organization (2024) and past governments in the UK have outlined a vision for providing personalised care closer to where people live within their local communities.

Reflecting carefully upon what we read

‘Our evolutionary development has encouraged our brains to come to swift conclusions without much thinking to avoid immediate dangers, as, in the past, only hearsay and dramatic stories were the...

A 100 years of pathologising normalcy of grief

‘Although mourning involves grave departures from the normal attitude towards life, it never occurs to us to regard it as a pathological condition and to refer it to a medical treatment. We rely on it...

The law and professional considerations of confidentiality

Confidentiality of personal information has been an important pillar of UK law for a significant time. One of the first legal examples which emphasised the importance of confidentiality was the case...

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