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SCPHN lecturer Bridget Halnan on using digital technology to maintain a Healthy Child Programme service during lockdown and perceptions from service users.

Leading the way

All the highlights from the latest Unite-CPHVA 2021 Virtual Professional Conference, held in November.

Sharing satisfaction

It’s been a tough few years, but here community practitioners offer their advice on finding job fulfilment and preserving personal wellness in a time of crisis. By journalist Jo Waters.

LGBTQ+ equality in critical condition?

Before the pandemic, LGBTQ+ people were marginalised in healthcare. Anna Scott asks if the situation has deteriorated.

Shattered: can the UK’s health recover?

Some 20 months after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK, the damage to the population’s health is already becoming apparent – and it’s looking rather unequal. Journalist Jo Waters explores the impact and way forward.

Rights and responsiblities

Natalie Sammons looks at the legal and ethical role of the health visitor when dealing with non-engaging families.

Exploring trauma care

Practice development nurse and health visitor Christopher Sweeney looks at what trauma-informed practice means to health visiting. 

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.

Healthcare apps: it's good to chat

Caroline Palmer on how text messaging healthcare app ChatHealth has come into its own, and how community practitioners can embrace digital too.  

What lies ahead? The future of practice after Covid

Regardless of how much we dare to hope the beginning of the end of the pandemic is in sight, its ripple effects on the UK’s health and their implications for CPs are just starting. Journalist Anna Scott asks if Covid-19 has changed the professions’ methods forever.

Student CPs: lessons in resilience

How student health visitors and school nurses found that learning during a pandemic proved to be positive and empowering.

Clinical: Raynaud's syndrome

A common condition that affects around one in six people in the UK, Raynaud’s syndrome, continues to be a hidden illness due to lack of awareness, writes journalist Julie Penfold

Conference special 2020: the heart of public health

Highlights from the Unite-CPHVA 2020 Virtual Annual Professional Conference.

The empty echo: are decision makers acting on BAME concerns?

Decision-makers may listen to BAME concerns, but will they act on them? Asha Day examines the Public Health England report from June, the lessons that have been learned, and those that haven’t.

Diverse needs: supporting BAME families

BAME people suffer racial discrimination throughout their lives, as highlighted recently by the Black Lives Matter protests. Journalist Linsey Wynton, a mother of three mixed-race children, asks how CPs can best help BAME families.

Obesity: is it everybody's problem?

Can government strategy help tip the scales on the UK’s excess weight, or is there too much onus on the individual? And what do CPs think? Journalist Jo Waters reports.

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