Conference tickets on sale and call for abstracts

We're delighted to announce that registration for the Unite-CPHVA 2019 Annual Professional Conference is now open. This year's event will be held in Harrogate on 16 to 17 October, 2019.

The big story: follow the footprints

Today, the average child’s digital footprint is broader than ever. What do community practitioners need to know when it comes to advising parents and helping to safeguard children?

Scotland: HVs bumped up to Band 7 are paid £5k more than rest of UK

New health visitors will be paid ‘significantly more’ than their counterparts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, under a new deal negotiated by healthcare unions.

Make your voice count

We give you a preview of the CP Readership survey 2019 results so far. Don't agree with the findings to date? Have your say before the deadline…

USA: probiotics don’t help children with acute gastroenteritis

A study across 10 paediatric A&E departments found that giving probiotics to children with gastroenteritis did not help their recovery.

UK: postnatal depression risk far higher in mothers of boys

The odds of developing postnatal depression (PND) increased by up to 79% when mothers had baby boys rather than girls.

Switzerland: nose bacteria may dictate speed of babies’ recovery from their first cold

Babies with a wide variety of different bacteria living in their noses tend to recover more quickly from their first respiratory virus compared with those who have less variety, say researchers.

Wales: PHW celebrates a year of research success

Public Health Wales (PHW) has published its Research and development report 2017-18, highlighting the depth and breadth of its work.

Scotland: £4m to drive CAMHS recruitment

Another 80 staff in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) will be recruited in Scotland following a £4m investment.

Great Britain: new guidance on obesity in pregnancy

During pregnancy, women should focus on eating healthily and be supported with advice on diet and the risks of obesity.

News in numbers: February

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

#Time4Equality

Unite urges members to take a stand on International Women’s Day this 8th March, launching their equality campaign in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

New fitness to practice workshops

The NMC is inviting nurses and midwives to a series of workshops on its new approach to fitness to practise.

NHS pledge to focus on young people’s health

Children and young people’s health has been set out as a priority in NHS England’s new long-term plan published Monday 7th January. It will see the introduction of a new transformation programme over the next decade.  

Mental health support for new fathers

Partners of expectant and new mothers who are unwell with mental health issues will be offered support and mental health checks, NHS England has announced.

The big story: slipping through the net

With the number of health visitors falling and those that remain carrying ever greater caseloads, there is a real risk of missing contact with vulnerable children. But what can be done to mitigate that risk?

Australia: dummies don’t cause speech disorder

Dummies are not associated with phonological impairment, a study has found.

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