Seven priorities to improve public health

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Bennett V (2015) Seven priorities to improve public health. Nursing Times; 111: 17, 22–23

An ageing population and technological advancements are key factors threatening the sustainability of the NHS. To combat these challenges Public Health England has drawn up a list of seven priorities that, if tackled, can significantly improve the population's physical and mental health over the next decade, thereby reducing the pressure on the health service. This article outlines those seven priorities and what nurses can do to help deliver them on an individual, community and national level.

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> Areas that must be tackled to improve public health

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> Ways nurses can help deliver the priorities at all levels

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> Example of how nurses are crucial to the initiative's success

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To help meet the nation's future health challenges, Public Health England has drawn up a set of areas health professionals can focus on to positively impact on public health

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