Let's end the postcode lottery

New research calls for five key actions to help community practitioners support women and families living with perinatal mental illness in Northern Ireland. Caroline Cunningham and Susan Galloway discuss.

One of your own

Safeguarding nurse Caroline Waldron explores the role of the health practitioner as a corporate parent for looked-after children and care leavers, identifying practical steps.

Closing the word gap

Wendy Nicholson MBE explains how Public Health England and the Department for Education are working to equip socially disadvantaged children with the speech, language and communication needs they require to fulfil their true potential.

A postive note

Research is now exploring the link beween singing and better health more rigorously, says journalist Rima Evans. 

A lifeline for struggling parents

Carole Sutton looks at the evidence on parent training programmes delivered by phone and internet to support troubled young children.

Eczema: soothing soreness

Recent research has cast doubt over the use of additive bath oils to treat childhood eczema. Journalist John Windell asks what the best advice is to give parents now.

Disability: the independent way

Parents with physical disabilities experience a unique set of challenges, yet many do not get the support they need. Journalist Madeleine Bailey looks at how you can help reverse this trend.

STIs: testing times

Sexually transmitted infection rates among young people remain too high. Journalist Rima Evans asks if attempts to limit transmission are working.

Eating with caution

With childhood food allergies on the rise, you can play an important part in keeping children safe. Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Consumer overload

Could it be time to return to a more back-to-basics culture, given the pressure parents face to buy goods before their child is even born, regardless of necessity or affordability? Journalist Beverley D’Silva reports. 

One too many? Families with multiple births

It is not just medical complications that families with multiple births face. Ryan Scoats, Jane Denton and Merryl Harvey look at the financial, psychological and social support obstacles they must overcome.

In the footsteps of Florence

Health visitor Lena Abdu took up a place on the Florence Nightingale Foundation’s Emerging Leaders programme to become a more effective advocate for change, and view her career through a different lens.

Making measles history

Measles has almost disappeared from the UK, but how can it be totally eradicated so it’s no longer an issue? Michelle Falconer and David Green of Public Health England show how CPs can help.

Breastfeeding: what's blocking the message?

What’s being done (and what can be done) to improve low breastfeeding rates around the UK? Journalist Radhika Holmström investigates.

24 hours with Clare Henderson

Clare is a peripatetic HV for the charity SSAFA, providing services in Cyprus to military and entitled civilian families.

24 hours with Alimatu Dimonekene

Alimatu is lead advocate for ProjectACEi – a community group who advocate, educate and engage communities to end FGM. Twitter: @ProjectACEi

Silent sadness: the truth about paternal PND

Postnatal depression in fathers and the effects on childhood development need urgent attention as too many men are suffering in silence, says health visitor Helen Knapman.

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