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. 

Caring during Covid: half of workforce are ‘overwhelmed’

In a survey asking about the impact of Covid on their work, 49.3% of health and social care workers said they felt overwhelmed by increased pressures, 46.1% felt impacted but not significantly – and only 4.6% said that their service had not been impacted or had been stepped down.

Northern Ireland: health minister details ambitions for rebuilding health

In a keynote statement to the Assembly in mid-April, health minister Robin Swann laid out the plans for rebuilding Northern Ireland’s health service.

Staff need support to deal with mental health challenges

Unite has called for action, including full consultation with unions, to deal with the mental health challenges faced by staff due to the pandemic.

Scotland: protection for staff with lifelimiting illness

NHS Scotland is adopting the Dying to Work Charter, which affords healthcare staff with life-limiting illness extra protections at work.

England: BMI should be scrapped and obesity strategy is ‘dangerous’, says committee

The use of body mass index (BMI) to assess whether a person’s weight is healthy should stop, according to a report on body image by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

Scotland: support people with eating disorders now

That’s the priority recommendation of a national review of services: urgent help for people with eating disorders

England: new mental health hubs for new, expectant or bereaved mothers

Thousands of new, expectant or bereaved mothers will receive help and support for mental health problems through ‘dedicated hubs’ being set up across the country, NHS England has announced.

Asthma's image problem

Pictures used by the media and healthcare providers to illustrate asthma treatment can be misleading. But a Twitter campaign is starting to rectify the problem, explain Emily Guilmant-Farry and Sara Nelson.

Two-thirds of students say their mental health is worse due to pandemic

To understand how the pandemic has been affecting students, the Higher Education Policy Institute and YouthSight polled more than 1000 full-time undergraduate students in March.

Families with children see their finances hit hardest by pandemic

Four million children are living in a family which has lost income since the start of the pandemic, with 1.6 million of these in a family that’s lost a third or more of earnings.

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