Meet the talented new president

Broadcaster, presenter and vocal coach to the stars Carrie Grant is the new honorary president of the CPHVA. She tells us about her passion for the NHS, her vision for patient-led healthcare, and the power of community practitioners to effect change.

Mothering with a major mental Illness: examining emerging themes from the literature

This literature review by Diana Skibniewski-Woods examines the emerging themes found on mothering with a major illness, and is presented in relation to community practice.



The importance of communication in the practice teacher-student health visitor relationship

When a troubling incident with a student occurred, one teacher took a step back to reflect on her own practices – and made important realisations and changes as a result. Katie Kirk and Clare Hopkinson explain.

Evaluation of the specialist community public health nursing peripatetic assessment model

First Steps Postnatal Group: addressing the high-impact areas

Jayne Hollinshead and Keri Christie explore a postnatal group set up in Walsall to offer support to new parents in the emotional transition to and challenges of parenthood, and to help them form friendships and social bonds that will promote good health for all parties.

Evaluation of the specialist community public health nursing peripatetic assessment model

Evaluation of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Peripatetic Assessment Model

Dr Toity Deave, Dr Claire Novak, Judy Brook, and Dr Debra Salmon discuss their evaluation of the new model from the perspective of SCPHN students, mentors, practice teachers and managers.


Changing direction

Viv Bennett CBE explains why Public Health England is adopting a healthy living approach, and how you can play a key role in spreading the word.

Working together to improve NHS pay

Living costs are spiralling and wages are in the doldrums, but NHS pay is now a hot topic in politics and the media. It is essential to keep up the pressure on government to win a fair deal, says Unite’s head of health Sarah Carpenter.

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The Children and Young People’s Health Partnership (CYPHP) asthma team has pledged to improve the care it provides in Lambeth and Southwark, south London.

In Depth


Healthy living: practise what you preach?

Research suggests that patients are less likely to accept weight-loss advice from an overweight or obese health practitioner. So should we be taking more of our own advice as a profession, or is it more complex than that?

The path to positive learning

Good-quality placements enhance student nurses’ understanding of illness in the community. Amy Noakes highlights how all parties can build beneficial learning opportunities.

Tuberculosis: a ghost from the past

Tuberculosis is still rife in some parts of the community. But even where it remains rare, community practitioners need to be alert to its seriousness.