Clinical practice

A range of information relevant to COVID-19 and clinical practice in a community setting.

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Breaking the barriers - communication with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities

This Learning Byte draws on information from a range of sources on the communication needs of people with profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD). It looks at the communication barriers they often experience and explores techniques and tools to support meaningful interactions.

Equal Health - Skilled Learning Resource

This resources is for health and social services staff working with people with learning disabilities to who are not specialist in this area: It includes the following modules: Understanding learning disability and health equality; Person-centred approaches to promoting equal health; Promoting health and well-being for people with learning disabilities; Supporting people with health needs; Human rights, learning disabilities and equal health.

The Deteriorating and Acutely Unwell Person
Medicines Management

Royal College of Nursing - Medicines Management

NMC no longer provide standards for medicines management but Royal College of Nursing have worked with them to publish this comprehensive guide. Included is ‘Safety in numbers’ which provides opportunity to practice medicine administration calculations.

Royal College of Nursing - Children and Young People

Use these pages to find information resources related to medicines management in children and young


Delirium is a common but serious condition that is under recognised and associated with poor outcomes.

However, delirium can be prevented and treated if dealt with urgently. It is therefore essential that all staff who care for people in hospital and the community are aware of how to prevent delirium and how to ensure that someone with suspected delirium receives rapid assessment and appropriate management and their families and carers.      

All staff should as a minimum complete An Introduction to Delirium and those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills should complete the Delirium: Prevention, Management and Support learning programme.

Capacity and Consent

Think Capacity Think Consent

This learning resource provides essential information about the application of Part 5 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 (AWI) to ensure staff in acute general hospital settings safeguard the rights of people who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

Palliative and End of Life Care

Palliative and End of Life Care

For more information and resources on End of Life care please visit the Turas COVID-19 page.


Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Toolkit for Primary Care Practitioners

This toolkit for General Practitioners and medical and healthcare professionals working in primary care settings explains what comprehensive geriatric assessment is, in what circumstances to use it and how it is done together with planning and involvement of social services. In addition, the series includes guides on specific medical issues that older patients may present with. These CGA guides cover a range of conditions and situations, from bone health to end of life care.

Coronavirus and older people

This resource series which is based in England brings together current advice from experts within the British Geriatric Society relating to older people and the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

Useful resources:

Record Keeping

Record Keeping

Here you can access the record keeping learning resource with our Effective Practitioner site to explore key topics related to effectively documenting care.


Critical Thinking and history taking

Resources developed by Queen Margaret University

Resources to support children, young people and their families:

Through the Knowledge Network, 'communities of practice', you can access collated resource lists for health and care professionals. These resources will be particularly useful for Health Visitors, Family Nurses, School Nurses working with children, young people and their families.

Decision Making

Clinical Decision Making

Strong clinical decision making is essential in the delivery of safe, effective and person- centred care. This Effective Practitioner resource provides a brief overview of clinical decision making. 

Clinical Assessment – Clinical Decision Making

Within the community setting you routinely make objective clinical judgements and decisions to inform your care practices by assessing and monitoring the condition of patients, identifying significant changes and initiating interventions to promote best outcomes. Within this NES District nurse CPD resource the clinical assessment section identifies tools and signposts to resources in relation to clinical decision making.


Managing Risk

Managing risk helps to protect patients, staff and our organisations from harm. You have a pivotal role to monitor and evaluate patient care to identify risks or patient safety issues. Within the NES District nurse CPD resource the leadership section supports learning in relation to managing risk. There is opportunity to reflect on your role in risk management and an overview of knowledge, principles, approaches within the community healthcare setting and patient safety is provided.

Tissue Viability

Tissue Viability

Here you will find tools and worksheets that make preventing pressure ulcers possible in your care setting. Whether you work in the NHS, the community, a hospice or voluntary care, the tissue viability tools can quickly make real changes for your patients.

Treating Pressure Ulcers

A short refresher on recognising and treating pressure ulcers is available here 


CPR and First Aid in the Community Setting

These pages from the Resuscitation Council UK help you to consider CPR out with the hospital setting and in relation to COVID-19