Student voices during Covid-19

Two health visitor students offer their honest accounts of what life’s been like since the pandemic hit, and share their concerns in the process.  

What's your practice reality during Covid-19?

As the UK adjusts to life in lockdown, how are CPs carrying out crucial work while staying safe? Here’s just a snapshot of your current situations…

Health equality - can it ever be reached?

Landmark reports have shockingly revealed growing gaps between the health and life expectancy of the rich and poor in the UK. Journalist Jo Waters asks why these inequalities exist, plus if and how it’s possible to help bridge the divide.

Tribute to Florence Nightingale

The month of May marks both International Nurses Day and the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. The world’s most famous nurse remains as relevant today as ever.

Thank you to our members!

A message for all of you from Unite-CPHVA...

Autism and activity: keeping it up

Psychologists Jez Janda and James Smolinski show how increasing physical activity among children with autism spectrum condition can transform the way interventions are delivered in the community.

Rights at work: what am I entitled to?

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, offers an update on staying safe during essential home visits, and what to expect if you’re redeployed.

Rights at work: pushing the limits

Jane Beach, Unite lead professional officer for regulation, recognises that you may have to work outside your scope of practice in these unprecedented times.

More than words

Nurturing language development in children should start from an early age, experts agree. But how can you support today’s parents to promote effective communication from the outset? Journalist Helen Bird reports.

The hidden harm of elder abuse

A third of UK citizens think that domestic violence directed towards older people isn’t abuse. That’s why the present lockdown for older people looks increasingly concerning, says Veronica Gray of Hourglass.

Domestic abuse: the danger indoors

Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the worrying surge in domestic abuse during the Covid-19 lockdown and what is being done to address it.

News in numbers: May/June 2020

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

Advice for six-week newborn check during pandemic

Health visitors and paediatricians have published advice for parents who may not be able to attend the six-week GP check for newborn babies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

England: RSPH refreshes public health toolkit for professionals

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has published a toolkit to support healthcare professionals to record and measure their public health impact.

Mobile devices may blunt children’s self-regulation

Children who begin using mobile and screen media devices earlier in life have lower self-regulation skills, those needed to plan, control, and monitor their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, says a study.

Could smoking-style health warnings on alcohol and snacks really work?

Health warning labels (HWLs) to reduce public consumption of alcohol and energy-dense snacks have been tested on the public.

More overweight and obese children in deprived areas

Overweight and obesity rates in children and adolescents have slightly decreased during the past decade, but risen among those in disadvantaged and deprived areas.

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