Unite: pay rise suggestion is ‘insulting’ and will result in NHS crisis

The 1% pay rise proposal for NHS staff will lead to a staff exodus and waiting list crisis, says Unite in response to the recent government pay recommendation.

Health visitors’ experiences of conducting non-visual assessment of unwell pre-school children via the health visiting duty telephone service: an exploratory qualitative study

Debbie Outram and Lesley Dibley asked health visitors to rate the effectiveness of the telephone triage processes they follow, focusing on the heightened risk of an unsuccessful outcome and how that may influence their attitude to the task.

Fearfulness in childhood a predictor of later anxiety during Covid

Research has identified early risk factors for developing anxiety during stressful life events in early adulthood. 

Vaccinations will prevent 69 million deaths by 2030

A modelling study has estimated that vaccination against 10 major pathogens will have prevented 69 million deaths in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) over the period 2000 to 2030.

Ethnic health inequalities equate to 20 years' ageing

In 15 out of 17 minority ethnic groups, health-related quality of life in adults aged 55+ was worse on average for women, men, or both, than for white British people, a study has revealed.

Children can learn about health via a school sports programme

Researchers assessed a ‘health education through football’ programme for children aged 10 to 12 in Denmark, looking at the effects on health knowledge and enjoyment levels.

Brain-related visual impairment may affect 1 in 30 children

Cerebral visual impairment (CVI) – a term for a variety of brain-related visual problems previously thought to be rare – may affect one in 30 primary school children. 

SCPHN training: the big switch

SCPHN learning changed beyond all recognition last year. Nicola Rooke discusses her experiences of undertaking the safeguarding module virtually, and recommendations for safeguarding training for newly qualified HVs.

Northern Ireland: PHA calls for your views on suicide prevention services

A pre-consultation for suicide prevention and post-vention services has been launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA). 

Pandemic impact: what about the kids?

Young people are emerging as the pandemic’s collateral damage. Their mental health and education are under strain, and their struggles include anxiety, isolation and poverty. Journalist Jo Waters asks what can be done to support them.

Healthcare apps: it's good to chat

Caroline Palmer on how text messaging healthcare app ChatHealth has come into its own, and how community practitioners can embrace digital too.  

Classroom ventilation guidelines urgently needed

Schools urgently need guidelines on ventilation to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission in the classroom.

Substance misuse among parents is soaring, says NSPCC helpline

The number of people contacting the NSPCC with concerns about drug and alcohol misuse among parents has risen by 66% since April 2020. 

England: Covid-19 deaths higher among people with disability

Almost six out of every 10 people (59.5%) who died from Covid-19 in England in 2020 were disabled, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says. 

Scotland: Government responds to UN call for urgent action on food insecurity and poverty

The Scottish Government has welcomed a call from the United Nations (UN) for urgent action to tackle deepening food insecurity, poverty and injustice in the UK.

Young people with cancer should never face treatment alone, say charities

Covid-19 restrictions are forcing some young people are to attend cancer treatment and appointments alone, putting them at unnecessary risk of confusion, fear and isolation, warn the Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent.

News in numbers: March/April 2021

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

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