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Journals and supplements

Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN)

Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN)

The Journal of General Practice Nursing is published quarterly in association with Education for Health. The journal provides up-to-the-minute features and expert clinical guidance on how general practice nurses (GPNs) can take a proactive approach to working with other members of the primary care team. With its detailed analysis and comment from leading nursing figures, it also offers clinical education to help challenge and develop practice.
Care Today

Care Today

The Care Today series of annual journals cover specific areas of care vital for your day-to-day practice, including Wound Care Today, Skin Care Today and Respiratory Care Today. Their easy-to-read style combines education and practical tips that focus on issues central to good patient care.

Supplements and other resources

Supplements and other resources

To help you in your day-to-day practice, JCN and GPN regularly produces supplements to provide education in key areas of clinical practice.

This currently includes 'Wound care in the community' and 'Challenging your practice: venous leg ulcers', as well as 'Evaluation of a dynamic mattress replacement system within a community setting'.

Posters

Posters

Here is a list of all of the current Posters available on the site. Click on the link to download.

Recent journal articles

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Debridement is a key component of wound bed preparation, which should not be seen as a one-off procedure, but rather as something to be done on a regular basis and included in the patient care pathway. It plays a vital part in removing dead and contaminated tissue, which harbour bacteria posing a barrier to timely healing. Debridement can also remove the presence of biofilm. Wound cleansing is also an integral part of wound care practice. However, there is little evidence about the best method, frequency, or solution to use, which causes wound cleansing often to be seen as a controversial procedure. With developments in the wound care product market and smarter dressings and wound care therapies becoming available, little attention has been given to the use of cleansing solutions. Wound cleansing is technically defined as the use of fluids to remove loosely adherent debris and necrotic tissue from the wound bed to create an optimal wound healing environment.

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There is a variability and inconsistency in how GPs carry out cancer care reviews (Meiklejohn et al, 2016). Many people report feeling abandoned after treatment finishes (Scottish Cancer Experience Survey 2015/16). This article looks at an evaluation undertaken by NHS Lanarkshire as part of the Macmillan Transforming Care after Treatment (TCAT) programme to ascertain the acceptability and feasibility of general practice nurses (GPNs) taking on the role of delivering cancer care reviews using a Macmillan Holistic Needs Assessment Tool. After Macmillan cancer training, 10 GPNs invited people with a new diagnosis to a cancer care review. A concerns checklist was sent to the patients before the review. Four hundred people were invited, with 250 accepting the offer. People reported that the time afforded by the GPN was valued and they saw them as a point of contact in the future. Fatigue, pain and worry were the top three concerns raised. It was concluded that, with training, GPNs can offer quality-assured cancer care reviews and therefore shift some of the workload from GPs.

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Wound cleansing and debridement in practice

Wound cleansing and debridement in practice

Debridement is a key component of wound bed preparation, which should not be seen as a one-off procedure, but rather as something to be done on a regular basis and included in the patient care pathway. It plays a vital part in removing dead and contaminated tissue, which harbour bacteria posing a ba

General practice nurse-led cancer care reviews

General practice nurse-led cancer care reviews

There is a variability and inconsistency in how GPs carry out cancer care reviews (Meiklejohn et al, 2016). Many people report feeling abandoned after treatment finishes (Scottish Cancer Experience Survey 2015/16). This article looks at an evaluation undertaken by NHS Lanarkshire as part of the Macm

Thinking of writing for GPN?

If you would like to write for the Journal of General Practice Nursing, please contact Binkie: Binkie@jcn.co.uk