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Public Health

For professional and policy enquiries on public health issues, please contact : , Professional Officer for School Health and Public Health, Amicus/CPHVA, 33-37, Moreland Street, London, EC1V 8HA , Tel.- 0207 780 4089, Fax - 0207 780 4142 . e-mail -

The government is consulting on proposals to reduce smoking among teenagers.
Plans to consider are:
1) increasing the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco, to 17 or 18yrs.
2) banning traders who repeatedly sell tobacco to under age young people from selling it.
The consultation will run until 9th October, and the Amicus/CPHVA will put in a stakeholder response.
For further information see
Please send in your comments by post or email

3/06/06 - Study on the nursing, midwifery and health visiting contribution to chronic disease management. More details.

19/06/06 - fact sheet re: weighing and measuring children for growth monitoring data, with further discussion around issues of consent.

12/06/06 - The CNO's bulletin for June 2006 contains information on the following:

1) reorganisation of PCTs and SHAs; this should lead to new opportunities for nurses to take on new and extended roles in the community
2) treating patients with dignity
3) the Health and Social care awards
4) auditing midwifery services
5) delivering the 18wk pathway from GP referral to hospital treatment
5) improvements in palliative care
6) new guidance to tackle obesity
7) new skills and competency framework for safeguarding

It can be downloaded at

This week is men's health week. For further ideas and information, go to

12/06/06 - There is currently a consultation about Public health: ethical issues organised by the Nuffield Council on Biioethics. We will submit a response from Amicus-CPHVA. Please see the website and send in a response form to me by August 31st.

NMC - The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - revised post-registration requirements - Aug. 2006

15/05/06 - Department of Health - Obesity Guidelines

04/05/06: Department of Health - Choosing Health : Obesity Bulletin Issue 1

03/05/06: Please see the new document 'Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for healthcare staff'

13/04/06: Please see the new Green Pages on the members' area. This month there is information about the new Amicus/CPHVA structures, some further information about NICE consultations, and information about the work of the nursery nurse forum, amongst other items.

16/05/06 - Department of Health - The CNO's monthly newsletter has articles about - Small Change, Big Difference.

  • mental health;
  • dignity for older people;
  • an e-learning tool to train nurses as prescribers;
  • the NHS Connecting for Health conference;
  • maternity support workers;
  • resources for community matrons;
  • and the new public health initiative:


The Amicus/CPHVA is actively involved in influencing Public Health guidance developed by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). Currently there are 4 documents being prepared:

  • Behaviour change
  • Maternal and child nutrition
  • Community engagement
  • Physical activity and environment

We are also a stakeholder for the following Public health programmes:

13/04/06 - Guidance on the optimal provision of smoking cessation services
Guidance for midwives, health visitors, pharmacists and other primary care services to improve the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children in low income households
The most appropriate means of generic and specific interventions to support attitude and behaviour change at population and community levels

You can read more about these on the NICE website;

We are always interested to hear from members who have special expertise in public health, or have been involved in setting something up locally. If you have not done so already, then please contact: or email for further details.



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