Why can't dad come home?

Health visitors Jo Lamb and Mel Griffiths on innovating practice to deliver the Healthy Child Wales Programme to fathers in prison.

Understanding autism

In the first of a two-part series, journalist Colleen Shannon asks how well we are supporting autistic children and their families.

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.

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.

Mary Seacole: leading by example

As the Mary Seacole Awards invite entries, previous winner Joanne McEwan describes the work that led up to this recognition and the opportunities it has created, while Helen Bedford outlines the benefits of mentorship.

Beating bugs together

Public Health England’s Charlotte Eley, Vicki Young and Cliodna McNulty describe an educational course to increase awareness and change behaviour around hygiene, self-care and antibiotic use in the community.

Lessons from abroad

Sharing best practice is crucial to quality, innovative health care. But do we look at the bigger picture? Graham Clews explores what we could learn from overseas practice.

Loud & clear

How can practitioners better deal with challenging behaviour from children with autism? Laura Kerbey, founder of Positive Autism Support and Training, who delivered a masterclass at November’s Unite-CPHVA conference, offers guidance for practitioners.

Newborn observation: a closer look

Having a newborn at home is arguably one of the most challenging times in parenthood. But Sheffield-based health visitor Jessica Halliday discovered how using the newborn behavioural observation system can facilitate positive relationships between parents and infants.

Picture Perfect 

The poster competition at November’s Unite-CPHVA conference attracted an array of talent, with exhibits showcasing best practice across a range of professional areas. We hear from the winners of the three categories about the projects behind the designs.

Beat the street

A new game has the power to transform the activity levels of communities. Dr William Bird explains how community practitioners can harness Beat the Street to improve public health.

Attacking the itch

In today’s selfie generation, head lice are arguably spread more easily than ever. But gone are the days of the school nurse “nit check”, treating the problem requires a joined-up approach, as Juliette Astrup discovers.

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