August 2022 | £3.99

For primary care and community nurses

www.independentnurse.co.uk

IN THIS ISSUE

News

Monkeypox cases continue to rise

Over 2500 cases of the virus have now been recorded by the UK Health

Security Agency p4

News

Outrage as PM hopeful hints at pay cuts for nurses

Liz Truss, the frontrunner to replace Boris Johnson, has quickly backtracked on her suggestion that she would end national pay deals p4

News

Numbers of pregnant smokers at all-time low

Almost 15,000 pregnant women managed to quit smoking since 2019 p5

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Major boost to children’s mental health workforce

Around 4,500 more people have joined children’s mental health services, as demand soars p5

Advising patients on physical activity and asthma

Heather Henry explains how nurses can provide information and advice for patients with asthma to exercise safely, and reap the preventative benefits against a host of diseases p14

RCN calls for ballot: could a nurse strike be on the cards? p6

Chronic oedema: assessment, and monitoring p18

Understanding and managing HFpEF heart failure p22