News in numbers: April

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers.

The mental health dividend

Stephanie Waddell of the Early Intervention Foundation says proactive schemes in schools will help vulnerable children, prevent problems in later life and benefit society.

Silent sadness: the truth about paternal PND

Postnatal depression in fathers and the effects on childhood development need urgent attention as too many men are suffering in silence, says health visitor Helen Knapman.

Diversity in practice: Sikhism

Continuing our series on how religion and culture can impact on practice, Professor Eleanor Nesbitt looks at Sikhism.

Childhood gambling: betting with their future

New figures reveal the shocking extent of gambling among children. Journalist Phil Harris asks if we need to be more vigilant.

Tooth decay: down in the mouth

Tooth decay remains a persistent problem across the UK, especially among children, writes journalist John Windell, so what can put the sparkle back in the nation’s smile?

The tools to assess neglect

Identifying problems with the care of a child poses challenges for health visitors. Dawn Hodson and Natalie Cummings discuss how the Graded Care Profile 2 tool can aid you in your assessments and help your relationship with a family.

Military families: behind the frontline

Life for military families can be difficult, and regularly disrupted. Journalist Rima Evans looks at ensuring they are given the support they need.

From CP to lecturer: two steps forward, one step back

Public health expert Sheila Lally offers a personal reflection on moving from a community practitioner role to senior lecturer.

NHS pay – a new deal on the table

Unite’s head of health Sarah Carpenter welcomes discussion with the government over a new pay framework for NHS staff.

Honouring BME leadership and development

With just weeks left to apply for the Mary Seacole Awards 2018-19, we look back at how these awards were born and the efforts of last year’s winners.

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