Better together

Health visitor Alison Spiro looks at three local authorities in England that provide integrated pathways between hospital and community services for breastfeeding support.

The sticking point

An action plan to help your client when the odds are stacked against you is more important than ever, writes journalist Erin Dean, especially with harder-to-access services and CP staffing issues. 

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.

Celebrate your role

#HVweek, which runs from 21 to 25 August this year, is the perfect time to champion the teams working hard to bring the best possible services to children and families, says Obi Amadi.

Creating a community of learning and practice

Fiona Cuthill, Judith Anderson and Alison Shiel share their experiences of increasing capacity, quality and learning skills in health visiting practice.

Sorry: the most powerful or hardest word?

Many of us struggle with apologising, says John Windell, but in a professional context the impact of saying sorry is greater than you may realise.

Protecting against radicalisation

Anna Scott offers a practical guide for community practitioners, now that preventing people being drawn into terrorism forms a vital part of the safeguarding role.

Self-sufficiency at any age

The number of over-85s in Britain is set to soar in the next few decades. With the right support and care, they can stay healthy and independent. Vivien Hollis of the Active Ageing Service in Bath demonstrates how.

Young fathers talk abuse

Domestic violence is a factor in 60% of serious case reviews, and over a third of abuse cases start or get worse when a woman is pregnant. Now, as Siobhan West explains, a pioneering initiative is working with young fathers who have been abusive towards their partners to look at ways of changing their behaviour.

Perinatal mental health: creating new horizons

As public health services remain under threat, the case for a joined-up approach has never been stronger. Jenny Thompson describes a collaborative project in Somerset that’s improving perinatal mental health outcomes.

Health visiting support: raising the bar

In response to heightened needs in Devon, a programme of intensive health visiting is delivering tailored early interventions to vulnerable families. Victoria Howard, Lee Beardsmore and Elaine O’Flaherty from the Virgin Care team describe the project.

Value-added care

Jo Ward and Janet Durrans describe a project to implement integrated clinical supervision at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which has resulted in better outcomes for staff and patients alike.

Video interaction: another point of view

When it comes to mental health, prevention is key. Janice Toyne and Clare Dhanushan describe how a video-based intervention is successfully enhancing communication between parents and their babies.

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