Pregnant with fear

Catriona Jones, Claire Marshall, Colin Martin and Julie Jomeen discuss a clinical pathway for women with fear of childbirth.

News in numbers: February 2020

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

One-to-one: why not you?

Meet one of your new vice-presidents… Professor Gina Awoko Higginbottom talks to Aviva Attias about her career, inspirations and well-earned wisdom.

England: student nurses to receive grant of at least £5000 a year

All nursing and midwifery students on courses from September 2020 are to receive a payment of at least £5000 a year towards living costs which they will not need to pay back.

Scotland: UK’S first integrated health and social care workforce plan

Increased nurse training and recruitment in Scotland are among the steps set out in the first integrated health and social care workforce plan in the UK, which will try to meet growing service demand.

Wales: awareness of ACEs is strong – but not the confidence to help

Public sector workers have a good awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and can identify opportunities for improvement, a Public Health Wales (PHW) survey has shown.

Rights at work: picking up the pieces in 2020

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, looks at the prospects for community practitioners following the election result last year.

England: £165m to help troubled families get their lives back on track

Vulnerable families will receive more support to tackle deep-rooted problems with up to £165m of new funding in 2020-21 for the Troubled Families programme.

Finally - HV strike success

Following the long-running dispute with their county council employers, Lincolnshire HVs began the New Year with significant pay awards, with most taking up upgraded contracts and increased pay. Journalist Juliette Astrup takes a look at the dispute from its very beginnings.

Now it’s two not three injections for pneumococcal vaccination

Babies will have two rather than three injections to protect them against pneumococcal disease in changes to the childhood immunisation schedule.

Scotland: classroom obesity - a growing problem

The obesity inequality gap among Scottish school pupils is continuing to grow, with almost a quarter of children now starting school at risk of being overweight or obese.

Wales: six ways to stop suicide among young people

Public Health Wales (PHW) has highlighted six key ways to prevent deaths by suicide among children and young people.

Northern Ireland: disability-free life expectancy tumbles

Life expectancy free of disability declined in Northern Irelandin 2016-18. It is now 57.3 years for men and 57.2 years for women, a decline of 3.0 years for men and 4.6 years for women since 2012-14.

The health visitor, the ecological approach and the assessment of health need with a focus on the gypsy and traveller community.

Jacqueline Cattenach explores the links between child development and health and cultural factors in this most marginalised of groups.
 

Young people are saving the world - but is it good for them?

Should we be encouraged by the new wave of passionate young health campaigners, or have adults just let them down? And what can you do to help? Journalist Jo Waters reports.

Menopause at work: time for change

Three in five women aged 45 to 55 going through menopause say it has negatively impacted them at work. Journalist Linsey Wynton looks at what needs to change.

Constipation: struggling in silence

Constipation can be debilitating, distressing – and a drain on the NHS. People also feel ashamed to discuss it with healthcare professionals. Journalist John Windell asks how we can begin tackling the stigma.

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