Autism clinical part 2: the hidden disability

In the second of a two-part series, journalist Colleen Shannon takes a fresh look at Asperger syndrome, and asks how you can offer understanding and support.

Student learning in community experience: SLICE project

Zoe Clark, Cameron Cox, Mary Brady and Jayne Price gathered children’s nursing students’ experiences of community practice placements to develop the best possible online resource.

Big story: down with social media?

The evidence around the ill effects of social media and long periods of screen time is not straightforward, writes journalist Juliette Astrup. She looks at the latest research on how young people can make the most of online positives and blot out the dark side of the internet.

Help for HVs facing fitness-to-practise proceedings

Nurses, midwives and nursing associates involved in fitness-to-practise (FtP) proceedings can now access a new, free and confidential support service.

England: mother and baby app used by local maternity systems

The Mum & Baby app designed in London that provides women with information throughout pregnancy and new motherhood is being picked up by services across England.

Helping teens: the big initiative

Neil Degg, managing director of The Training Hub, explains how his new – and free – project is inspiring young people to make better life choices.

NHS in Scotland struggles to stay in the black

The health service in Scotland could suffer a £1.8bn shortfall in less than five years without reforms, Audit Scotland has warned.

News in numbers: December/January

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

MacQueen bursaries: reaping the rewards

We hear from seven more recipients on what their bursaries have enabled them to achieve…

Keep them safe: safeguarding roles

Marcia Smikle discusses four safeguarding roles in which health visitors and nurses work with other agencies to keep children safe from harm.

Keep on moving: new physical activity guidelines

Journalist Jo Waters outlines the update on the physical activity guidelines, and explains the importance of keeping babies and toddlers active.

Britain is proud of her...

Huge congratulations to CPHVA honorary vice-president Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu.

Inspiring diversity and inclusion in the NHS

Pamela Shaw (pictured left), practice educator, health visitor and Queen’s Nurse, talks about winning an award, what it means to her, and the work still to be done.

Mary Seacole 2019-20 winners and scholars revealed

At an October ceremony at St Thomas' Hospital in London, five nursing and midwifery specialists were inducted as scholars, and six new specialists were awarded for their work.

Young mothers have greater risk of children with autism

Age at first birth is ‘strongly associated’ with a greater chance of having a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research.

BMI and university degree predict adolescent obesity

The BMI of mother and child and the mother’s education are the three simple predictors of a child being overweight or obese by the time they are a teenager.

Eating fish reduces risk of child eczema and asthma

Children should be introduced to fish or cod liver oil from about a year old, research suggests, after showing that those who ate fish early had a significantly reduced risk of eczema, wheezing and asthma.

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