MacQueen: a pioneering placement

Rachel Carter and Rebecca Reynolds describe plans to help improve knowledge, skills and understanding in key aspects of public health and health inequalities.

Scotland: minimum alcohol pricing fails to dent underage drinking habits

Minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol has had no impact on under-18s’ drinking habits, say researchers

England: jab drives HPV to lowest level in 12 years

Cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are now at a very low level in young, sexually active women in England, following the introduction of the HPV vaccination in 2008.

Endometriosis: a cycle of pain

The scale of the misery caused to two million women by endometriosis will come under the spotlight during Endometriosis Awareness Month in March. Journalist Jo Waters reports on the drive for greater awareness.

England: meningococcal vaccine reduces disease by almost two-thirds

Infant vaccination against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has significantly reduced the number of cases of the disease in young children, research by Public Health England shows.

Wales: extra help for the hidden homeless

A major new campaign to tackle hidden homelessness among young people has been launched by the Welsh Government.

Wales: funding doubled for ‘whole school’ mental health projects

The Welsh Government has doubled the funding available to local authorities and local health boards to support the mental health of children and young people.

News in numbers: March/April 2020

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

One-to-one: just doing what's right

Meet another of your new vice-presidents… councillor Sara Rowbotham talks to Aviva Attias about her career twists and turns – and her future plans.

England: free period products made available to school students

State schools and colleges in England can now order free period products for students as part of a government scheme to tackle period poverty. 

The first lesson: resilience

Leading expert in trauma-informed training Sue Penna explains how resilence is the best skill children can learn.

Voice of a student: take the leap

Bonnie Harley
Newly qualified health visitor, Cardiff & Vale UHB

Rights at work: the verdict on pensions

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, answers your questions about NHS pensions and the McCloud court case that showed how transitional provisions to pensions breached age discrimination law.

Climate change: the health impact

Climate change poses a huge challenge to public health. While awareness is growing, there’s much to be done. Journalist Linsey Wynton looks at the depth of the emergency and in turn asks how healthcare can help save the planet.

NMC to revamp post-registration SCPHN standards

The NMC will develop new ‘bespoke’ specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) standards of proficiency for health visitors, school nurses and occupational health nurses.

Intensive care babies have greater risk of mental health problems

Children who spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at birth have a higher risk of mental health issues later, regardless of birthweight.

Northern Ireland: nurses promised pay parity with England to end strike

The promise of pay parity has brought an end to the health service industrial dispute in Northern Ireland.

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