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?

On the edge

The suicide rate in the UK may be going down, but three times more men than women took their own life last year. Journalist Sarah Campbell asks what’s going on and how you can make a difference.

HV caseload crunch

Dave Munday, lead professional officer at Unite, looks at how inflated caseloads are causing health visitors in England to struggle.

Bringing period policy up to date

Working women are expected to cope unsupported with period problems. Journalist Juliette Astrup looks at ending the stigma of periods at work and asks if taking time off could be the answer.

The future of practice

How might current and future technology developments impact on the way you carry out your work now and in the future? And how could this affect your clients? Journalist Peter Crush reports.

Holding on to primary healthcare nurses

Sue Randall and Tonia Crawford describe a programme in Sydney, Australia, that helps to recruit and retain community health nursing students.

Supplementary benefits for teens?

As a rise in the use of supplements among children – especially teens – is observed in the US, journalist Helen Bird looks at whether it’s a trend we’re likely to see in the UK and how you can help to address it.

Youth violence: a fighting chance

Why is knife and other youth violence on such an upward trajectory, and can a public health approach, which is being hailed as the answer, really help? Journalist Phil Harris investigates.

Can TV soaps save lives?

Soap operas are a powerful vehicle for communicating public health messages. But do they really prompt viewers to recognise and seek treatment for their own conditions? Journalist Helen Bird reports.

An integrated targeted intervention to prevent obesity in infants born into a diverse community

Julie Greenway, Lynne Thompson and Sally Cornfield explore whether a nutrition and healthy-living course for mothers could influence three misleading beliefs that can lead to childhood obesity.

NHS: access for all?

Could privatisation spell disaster for the principles of the NHS, or open up possibilities of more effective partnerships? Award-winning health journalist Danny Buckland reports.

Technology: friend or foe?

The ever-changing digital world can save businesses money and time, so why should healthcare be left behind? Or is the picture more complex than that? Award-winning health journalist Danny Buckland reports.

Under the lens: staffing and Brexit

From staff attrition and visa issues to lack of funding and an ageing population – these are some of the issues affecting the service that dedicated healthcare professionals can provide. So what’s going on? Award-winning health journalist Danny Buckland reports.

The NHS at 70. How will it survive the next 70 years?

Award-winning health journalist Danny Buckland examines the key areas that will shape the future of health in the UK.

Targeting healthy pregnancies

Journalist Helen Bird looks at the gap in preconception health support and knowledge, and considers a three-part solution.

The only way is up: the poverty trap

Successive governments have promised a fairer society and greater equality of opportunity, yet research continues to show a decline in social mobility in the UK. Journalist Juliette Astrup asks if is it harder than ever to escape the poverty trap.

Climate change: a public health emergency?

An unhealthy planet means unhealthy people too, with high impact predictions on health for all unless everyone takes action. Environmental journalist Mary Griffin reports.

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