Breastfeeding: breaking down barriers

Sue Ashmore, director of the Baby Friendly Initiative at Unicef UK, discusses why we need to change the conversation around breastfeeding.

Beating bugs together

Public Health England’s Charlotte Eley, Vicki Young and Cliodna McNulty describe an educational course to increase awareness and change behaviour around hygiene, self-care and antibiotic use in the community.

Bringing modern slavery out of the shadows

While we may associate modern slavery with an overseas practice, in reality it’s rife in the UK. Helen Bird explores how public health nurses can help to identify and support victims in the community.

Smoking in pregnancy: kicking the habit

Although nine in 10 women are now smokefree when their baby is born, the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group is determined toimprove on that figure and make it more than just a pregnant pause. Four of the group’s members explain how.

Child mental healthcare: please can we have some more?

The prime minister has said child mental healthcare is a priority, but the reality is not matching the rhetoric, reports Phil Harris.

Join the fight to protect public health

A unique opportunity is calling: join the ‘Love Your Health Visitor/Love Your School Nurse’ lobby of parliament on 26 April and make your voice heard…

How to promote your service

The looming shadow of cuts to public health services is causing widespread feelings of despondency and anxiety. But practitioners can fight back, as Rima Evans discovers.

Community Practitioner reader survey results

In January we launched a readership survey in order to get a better idea of what you’d like from your journal. Here’s a summary of the results…

Unite elections: Meet the candidates

With the voting period for Unite’s executive council elections set to start on 27 March, we hear from the health sector constituency candidates about why they should get your vote.

Making the case for prevention

In times of professional turmoil it can be difficult to think objectively. But to save our public health services we must provide evidence that they’re needed, says Crystal Oldman. The Queen’s Nursing Institute chief executive talks to Helen Bird.

The decline of nursing?

What would the future of heathcare look like without nurses? Juliette Astrup examines the steep decline in applicants to nursing programmes in England.

Pre-schoolers suffering eye burn injuries from liquitabs

Parents are being urged to store liquid detergent tablets safely after new research has shown eye injuries in young children had gone up 30-fold in the last few years.

E-cigarettes more appealing to young people in Wales

Young people in Wales are now almost twice as likely to try an e-cigarette than tobacco, according to new research.

First-born children are smarter than their siblings, study finds

First-born children outperform siblings as they receive more mental stimulation from their parents, according to research.

Road safety risk around parks 'needs to be addressed'

Child pedestrian fatalities are up to twice as likely around parks as they are around schools, according to a study based on 30 years’ crash data in the US.

Virtual reality room helping children with autism

An immersive virtual reality room is helping children with autism overcome their extreme phobias, thanks to the findings of a 2014 study.

Babies retain mother tongue even in the first few months, study finds

Language knowledge laid down in the earliest months is retained even when that birth language is lost, a study has shown.