News in numbers: February 2020

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

England: student nurses to receive grant of at least £5000 a year

All nursing and midwifery students on courses from September 2020 are to receive a payment of at least £5000 a year towards living costs which they will not need to pay back.

Scotland: UK’S first integrated health and social care workforce plan

Increased nurse training and recruitment in Scotland are among the steps set out in the first integrated health and social care workforce plan in the UK, which will try to meet growing service demand.

Wales: awareness of ACEs is strong – but not the confidence to help

Public sector workers have a good awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and can identify opportunities for improvement, a Public Health Wales (PHW) survey has shown.

Premature babies at higher risk of diabetes

Babies born before 37 weeks are at an increased risk of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes, a study says.

Pregnant smokers are more likely to develop diabetes

Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus, research shows.

Living near a busy road can stunt children’s lung growth

If you live within 50 metres of a major road, your risk of developing lung cancer may increase by up to 10%.

Are C-section babies really more likely to grow up obese?

Women who have caesarean sections are no more likely to have children who develop obesity than women who give birth naturally, a large study has found.

TV habit linked to obesity in children

Watching television had the strongest association with being overweight and obese, say researchers.

Scotland: mental illness top cause of millions of staff sick days

Poor mental health is one of the main reasons NHS staff are on sick leave in Scotland, new figures reveal.

Stop falling numbers of ‘vital’ school nurses, says RCOG

Invest more in school nurses and reverse the fall in their numbers. That is the new recommendation from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

England: £40m to speed up slow NHS computer logins

NHS staff spend a ‘ridiculous’ amount of time logging in to multiple computer systems, but a £40m investment in frontline technology is set to ease their frustration.

England: £165m to help troubled families get their lives back on track

Vulnerable families will receive more support to tackle deep-rooted problems with up to £165m of new funding in 2020-21 for the Troubled Families programme.

Finally - HV strike success

Following the long-running dispute with their county council employers, Lincolnshire HVs began the New Year with significant pay awards, with most taking up upgraded contracts and increased pay. Journalist Juliette Astrup takes a look at the dispute from its very beginnings.

Whistleblowers to improve NHS workplace culture

Health boards across Scotland have appointed Whistleblowing Champions to help create a more honest and open workplace culture within the NHS.

Now it’s two not three injections for pneumococcal vaccination

Babies will have two rather than three injections to protect them against pneumococcal disease in changes to the childhood immunisation schedule.

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