Spending review latest: decisions on pay

Nurses in the NHS will be given a pay rise next year, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in the Spending review 2020 speech (Wednesday, 25 November).

MacQueen bursary 2021: how to apply

The CPHVA Education and Development Trust is pleased to announce that applications for a MacQueen bursary are now open for 2021. 

News in numbers: November/December 2020

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

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We are delighted to inform you that your professional journal has won an industry-leading award.

The Covid crunch: impact on economy and health

The UK entered its first recession in 11 years in August. Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the impact on families and children, and on services and community practitioners themselves.

Vaping is not a ‘safer option’ for pregnant women

According to the first known study into the effects of prenatal nicotine exposure on babies, e-cigarettes might not be a safer alternative to smoking during pregnancy.

Self-harm risk is higher in early pubescents

Those who experience puberty earlier than their peers have a higher risk of self-harm in adolescence, reveals research published in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.

Women’s attitudes may lead to better Covid compliance

A study across eight countries has revealed that women consider Covid-19 a more serious health problem than men and are more likely to approve of and comply with health policies.

Mental health impact of pandemics on healthcare staff

Researchers have looked at how treating patients in past pandemics affected the mental health of frontline staff.

Possible risk of neurological harm to young people from air pollution

Researchers found markers of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease in the brainstems of 186 young Mexico City residents aged 11 months to 27 years.

Sporty young girls show fewer signs of ADHD later on

Girls who play regular extracurricular sports between six and 10 show fewer symptoms of ADHD aged 12 than girls who don’t play, a study has found.

Public put NHS pay above waiting times, says report

The British public say better NHS pay and working conditions are a greater priority than addressing their own needs, such as reduced waiting times, according to charity Engage Britain.

England and Wales: new advice to improve immunity through exercise

Advice for healthcare professionals promoting exercise as a way of supporting immune function has been launched in response to Covid-19.

Rising numbers take district nurse qualification

The number of new students who started a district nurse specialist practitioner qualification (DN SPQ) programme in 2018-19 rose to 693, an increase of 34 students (5%) since 2017-18. 

England: supporting children and families is a frontline activity

Health visitors and school nurses should continue to support children and families over the winter and not be redeployed, says a letter from the Local Government Association, NHS and Public Health England to directors of nursing.

Northern Ireland: children’s services a priority in pandemic, says minister

Health minister Robin Swann has outlined the Department of Health’s plans to give children the care they need during the Covid-19 crisis.

Race, gender, disability affects NMC outcomes, new report finds

Nurses and midwives on the NMC register are treated differently depending on their protected characteristics, according to a new report.