Time for a screen break?

Concerns have been raised that digital devices are now a fundamental part of so many children’s lives, but are there mixed messages around the impact on young people? And how can you help parents navigate the advice? Journalist Georgina Fuller reports.

Exploring Glasgow parents’ views of the Equal Protection from Assault Bill

Christopher Sweeney, health visitor, and public health lecturer William Spence used mixed methods research to explore the views of Glasgow parents on the proposed Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill in order to inform the work of health visitors and other professionals working with families.

May news in numbers

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

A closed eye on dementia

Helen Rostill describes how artificial intelligence can monitor people with dementia in the home to reduce hospital admissions and support struggling carers.

We need to talk about death

How can you best support families who are in the sad position of mourning a child or a parent? Journalist Linsey Wynton reports.

Interview survival guide

After all the hard work and study, what’s the best way to handle an interview to secure a role? Senior CPs, recruiters and a newly qualified CP share their invaluable advice…

Setting the scenario

Sharon Frankland evaluates a simulation activity for new public health nursing students piloted at Sheffield Hallam University.

USA: adversity in early life disrupts gut microbes linked to brain function

A study has linked disruption of a child’s gastrointestinal microbiome, triggered by early-life adversity, with emotional health. 

UK: air pollution linked to teenage psychotic episodes

Research from King’s College London has provided the first evidence of an association between air pollution and psychotic experiences in adolescence.

Scotland: £50M more for perinatal mental health services

More than £50m is to help improve access to mental health services for expectant and new mothers, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Wales: Public Health Wales puts research at heart of strategy

Two new directorates have formally been made part of the organisation structure of Public Health Wales, putting research at the heart of health strategy.

Scotland: baby guide refreshed with latest mental health information

A popular resource for pregnant women and their families has been updated to include the latest information on perinatal mental health support.

Northern Ireland: Northern Health Staff told to clean their own work areas

Office staff at the Northern Health Trust have been told they are now responsible for vacuuming, dusting and keeping their own work area clean.

England & Wales: reverse cuts to stop HV numbers decline, urges LGA

The government must reverse cuts to council’s public health budgets or falling health visitor numbers will leave families vulnerable, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

England: radical action needed to plug staff gaps, says report

Nurse shortages will double and GP gaps will nearly treble in the next five years without radical action. That’s the prediction in a report from the Nuffield Trust, Health Foundation and The King’s Fund.

England: a speedier diagnosis for pre-eclampsia

A simple blood test that speeds up the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia by two days is to be rolled out to more pregnant women.

Scotland: think again about ‘going large’

Food Standards Scotland has launched a #NoToUpsizing campaign to remind people that upping their portion sizes when eating out could harm their health.