Alcohol use during pregnancy affected by partner’s drinking habits

A study looking at the partner’s role in determining the alcohol use of pregnant women has revealed that pregnant women’s use correlates with that of their partner.

Pre-school play at age 3 lowers mental health risk at 7

Research in Child Psychiatry and Human Development has found that pre-school children who play well with others tend to have better mental health when older.

Texting as effective as phone calls in reaching unvaccinated patients

Automated text messaging was as effective as direct phone calls in getting unvaccinated patients to seek out a Covid-19 injection, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. The researchers had speculated that texting might reach more people, but the numbers were almost identical.

Longer breastfeeding linked with higher cognitive scores

A study has found associations between breastfeeding duration and cognition that persist even after adjusting for socioeconomic position and maternal cognitive ability.

More HVs and school nurses needed to improve service

While the NMC has agreed new standards to improve proficiency in nursing and midwifery, Unite says more health visitors and school nurses are needed to ensure the revamp works. 

Integrative literature review of the current literature on coping as a phenomenon: with particular reference to mothering with a mental illness

Diana Skibniewski-Woods appraises the evidence on how mothers can cope with perinatal mental health problems.

Wales: action plan to rid nation of racism

The Welsh Government has laid out its aims to make Wales an anti-racist country by 2030 with its Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan.

Northern Ireland: consultations launched on safer working

Consultations on whistleblowing and on violence and aggression in the workplace have been launched by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.

Scotland: timeline announced for safe staffing legislation

The timetable for the implementation of the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act has been published, with full execution of the act to take place from 1 April 2024.

Time to level up

Barnardo’s new chief executive, Lynn Perry MBE, believes a local approach can help make fairer the system for children in care.

Part two: showcasing health visiting in Wales

In the second of a two-part series, Amanda Holland shares more of the outstanding work done during the pandemic.

Support infant feeding in emergencies

During the Ukraine conflict and refugee crisis, Unicef, UN refugee agency UNHCR, the Global Nutrition Cluster, the Infant Feeding in Emergencies core group and partners issued a joint statement to ‘help secure immediate, coordinated, multi-sectoral action on infant and young child feeding’.

Scotland: Unite says ‘no’ to deal in fight for fair pay

The 5% pay rise announced for NHS Agenda for Change staff by the Scottish government in June has been described as a pay cut in real terms by Unite.

The realities of addiction: a dangerous game

In the second of our series on addiction, journalist John Windell looks at the billion-pound industry that is enjoyed by millions in the UK, but exacts a huge cost on some players and their families.

England: better support for young carers is needed now, says children’s commissioner

In a new report, the office of the Children’s Commissioner for England has called for a range of measures to help improve the early identification and support of young carers across the country.

England: polio discovery in London prompts NHS call to vaccinate children

Parents in London with children under five have been invited by the NHS to give them the polio vaccine after the virus was found in sewage.

HV tools: reach for the stars

Sam Game asks how we can show impact and measure the value of health visitors’ work with families using Outcomes Stars.