USA: probiotics don’t help children with acute gastroenteritis

A study across 10 paediatric A&E departments found that giving probiotics to children with gastroenteritis did not help their recovery.

News in numbers: February

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

Northern Ireland: reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, says PHA

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is calling for greater awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) after a new survey found many adults didn’t know about the risk factors.

The building blocks of learning

CPs can help develop the four key competencies present at birth and plug gaps in children’s cognitive development, says Kirsten Asmussen of the Early Intervention Foundation.

Scotland: NHS staff become ‘corporate parents’ to vulnerable young

A new ‘corporate parenting’ training resource has been launched for NHS workers to help them understand their duty to promote the interests of young people who are or have been in care.

The lay of the land

Community practitioners working in remote and rural areas face a rather different set of challenges from those in town. Journalist Radhika Holmström investigates country CP life. 

Wales: staff training budget increases for fifth year in a row

The Welsh Government is to increase its investment in education and training for healthcare professionals in the next financial year by £7m – its fifth consecutive annual rise.

Shining a light

Health visitors working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales face a range of both unique and shared challenges that are impacting practice. Journalist Anna Scott highlights the reality across the UK.

England: ‘Red book’ and maternity records are going digital

The child health record ‘red book’ is going digital, along with maternity records, under new plans to modernise neonatal and maternity services.

The right move?

Dawn Loman, senior lecturer in SCPHN, asks what influences nurses to hang up their uniforms and become health visitors.

England: breastfeeding crucial for infant dental health, says PHE

Public Health England (PHE) has highlighted how important breastfeeding is in protecting infant dental health.

A brain under siege

Encephalitis may be rare, but when it strikes it can be devastating, and even deadly – especially for children and young people, writes journalist John Windell.

England: children exceed healthy sugar limit by age 10

The average child has already exceeded the maximum sugar intake recommended for an 18-year-old by the time they turn 10, says Public Health England.

New launch for members

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Wales: PHW celebrates a year of research success

Public Health Wales (PHW) has published its Research and development report 2017-18, highlighting the depth and breadth of its work.

24 Hours with Debbie Fawcett

24 hours with Debbie Fawcett

Debbie is a specialist HV for homeless families at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust and a Queen’s Nurse.

Scotland: £4m to drive CAMHS recruitment

Another 80 staff in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) will be recruited in Scotland following a £4m investment.

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