Sickle cell disease: behind the curve

Sickle cell disease is one of the most common genetic disorders in the UK. Journalist Linsey Wynton sets out the essential information about this serious, rarely cured and often painful condition.

Caring for who? The Covid impact on CPs

The impact of Covid on families is rightly being put under the spotlight. But what of the pandemic’s toll on those who care for them, particularly community practitioners? Journalist Helen Bird explores the effect on CP wellbeing and the support available.

Families holding on: how will they bounce back after Covid?

Young families have been under tremendous pressure from all directions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Journalist Jo Waters investigates what new parents, babies and toddlers, and parents of young children have been experiencing and asks what support they will need. 

Asthma's image problem

Pictures used by the media and healthcare providers to illustrate asthma treatment can be misleading. But a Twitter campaign is starting to rectify the problem, explain Emily Guilmant-Farry and Sara Nelson.

Tinnitus: breaking the waves

It’s a loud and lasting problem for many, and a life-changing issue for a few, writes journalist John Windell. So what is tinnitus and what can be done to restore some peace and quiet?

SCPHN training: the big switch

SCPHN learning changed beyond all recognition last year. Nicola Rooke discusses her experiences of undertaking the safeguarding module virtually, and recommendations for safeguarding training for newly qualified HVs.

Pandemic impact: what about the kids?

Young people are emerging as the pandemic’s collateral damage. Their mental health and education are under strain, and their struggles include anxiety, isolation and poverty. Journalist Jo Waters asks what can be done to support them.

Osteoporosis: the silent disease

A bone fracture is often the first indication of this typically asymptomatic common condition, writes journalist Julie Penfold.

Too young to cope? Helping teenage parents

Health visitor Julie Davidson describes techniques for working with often resistant teenage parents to make a real difference to the outcomes of young families.

The power of touch

In a time of social distancing, children are missing out on some of the physical affection they need to keep their minds healthy, writes Helen Clark

Why is it taking so long to achieve racial equality in healthcare?

The pandemic has impacted BAME groups more severely and exposed yet more disparities. Inequality in healthcare (still) and structural racism in society are some of the reasons. Journalist Linsey Wynton asks why we are still waiting for action.

Clinical: life versus lupus

Lupus is often associated with women, but a fifth of cases are diagnosed in childhood. It can make a huge impact on a young person’s life but, with support, they can thrive, says journalist Julie Penfold.

Is mental health the new pandemic?

Covid-19 has put unprecedented pressures on the mental health of millions of people in the UK – including young people, new mothers and healthcare professionals. Journalist Jo Waters looks at the impact, now and moving forward, plus what’s needed to help.

Working from home: the new reality

As the fight against Covid-19 continues, and CPs find themselves working from home at least in part, journalist Linsey Wynton considers the main issues this presents for CPs. 

Health equality - can it ever be reached?

Landmark reports have shockingly revealed growing gaps between the health and life expectancy of the rich and poor in the UK. Journalist Jo Waters asks why these inequalities exist, plus if and how it’s possible to help bridge the divide.

Autism and activity: keeping it up

Psychologists Jez Janda and James Smolinski show how increasing physical activity among children with autism spectrum condition can transform the way interventions are delivered in the community.

More than words

Nurturing language development in children should start from an early age, experts agree. But how can you support today’s parents to promote effective communication from the outset? Journalist Helen Bird reports.

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