Covid-19 vaccination: rebuilding trust

A panel of esteemed speakers convened by Unite-CPHVA explored vaccine uptake among black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.

News in numbers: May/June 2021

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

Sickle cell disease: behind the curve

Sickle cell disease is one of the most common genetic disorders in the UK. Journalist Linsey Wynton sets out the essential information about this serious, rarely cured and often painful condition.

Covid vaccine reflections

As the vaccination roll-out continues apace, four members supporting the programme – from Unite staff volunteering alongside their day jobs to a retiree returning to practice – reflect on their experiences so far.

Rights at work: you've earned it

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, explains why Unite-CPHVA is campaigning for the pay rise all NHS workers deserve. 

Caring for who? The Covid impact on CPs

The impact of Covid on families is rightly being put under the spotlight. But what of the pandemic’s toll on those who care for them, particularly community practitioners? Journalist Helen Bird explores the effect on CP wellbeing and the support available.

Families holding on: how will they bounce back after Covid?

Young families have been under tremendous pressure from all directions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Journalist Jo Waters investigates what new parents, babies and toddlers, and parents of young children have been experiencing and asks what support they will need. 

Awards and conference: looking forwards

Recognising fantastic work, plus the importance of adapting and wellbeing.

CP safety: expect the unexpected

Women’s safety has moved into the spotlight recently, and community practitioners – many of whom are female – face particular risks at work. Journalist Radhika Holmström asks how you can stay safe on the job.

Shedding the stigma of catching Covid can help defeat pandemic

Feelings of shame and stigmatisation at the idea of contracting Covid-19 are linked to lower compliance of social distancing and the likelihood of reporting infection to authorities and potential contacts.

Exercise helps curb low-grade inflammation in children

Doing more brisk and vigorous physical activity can help curb low-grade inflammation in children with a higher body fat percentage, suggests research in the European Journal of Sport Science.

SUDC: every one a tragedy

Chief executive of SUDC UK Nikki Speed shines a light on sudden unexplained death in childhood and how to support families devastated by their loss.

Healthy body image protects against weight gain in teens

A two-year study of 1225 Norwegians in early adolescence found that positive ‘self-rated health’ and self-esteem protected them against weight gain.

Poorer outcomes for mums and babies during the pandemic

Pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies have worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, revealed a global study.

Personal stories of vaccine side effects reduce the impact of hard science messages

Expert scientific messages on vaccine safety are effective at increasing public acceptance of vaccines, but this benefit is mostly lost when news programmes show a personal narrative on side effects, research has found.

NMC consultation to modernise nursing education standards

The NMC has launched a consultation on new draft education standards ‘to modernise community and public health nursing standards’ in the UK.

Scotland: more funding for students to ensure practical education

Nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students are set to access alternative clinical placements to ‘support their practical education disrupted by Covid’, the Scottish Government has announced.

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