On the edge

The suicide rate in the UK may be going down, but three times more men than women took their own life last year. Journalist Sarah Campbell asks what’s going on and how you can make a difference.

Scotland: students offered free sanitary products to end ‘period poverty’

The Scottish Government has announced a £5.2m plan to help banish ‘period poverty’ by offering free sanitary products to all students.

New Zealand: overweight mothers more likely to stop breastfeeding

Overweight mothers are more likely than their healthy-weight counterparts to stop breastfeeding in the first week after having a baby, a new study says.

Great Britain: children attracted to those of same gender are twice as likely to self-harm

Almost a quarter (22%) of girls aged 14 have self-harmed in the past year, according to a new report by The Children’s Society.

Getting serious about staffing

James Lazou, research officer at Unite, considers the prospect of a long-term NHS workforce plan.

Northern Ireland: doctors urge girls to take up HPV vaccine

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has urged parents to take up the offer of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for their daughters following a fall in uptake.

Your journal needs you!

Have you been working on a research paper that you would like to see published?

News in numbers: November

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers.

Switzerland: cough medicines could do more harm than good

Over-the-counter cough medicines don’t help clear up persistent coughs, a study suggests.

England: Birmingham health-visiting service is ‘in Meltdown’, says Unite

Health visitors in Birmingham are handling average caseloads of 500 families – double the figure recommended by the CPHVA and the Institute of Health Visiting.

Feedback: conference special 2018

What did you take away from the Unite-CPHVA annual professional conference this year? We spoke to some of you to find out…

Scotland: Government promises 250 new school nurses

As touched on last issue, funding for 250 extra school nurses has been promised to improve mental health provision in Scotland. As part of her Programme for Government, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said £250m would be spent improving mental health services over the next five years.

Feeling stuck? Get creative!

Lab4Living looks at how to enhance the innate design and problem-solving skills of community practitioners. 

Wales: ‘whole school’ plan to reform mental health support

The Welsh Government has embarked on a ‘whole school’ approach in the reform of mental health support for young people.

Strengthening child-parent relationships


Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour (UYCB):

Evaluating a Solihull Approach face-to-face 10-week group for parents.

Northern Ireland: Scottish agency nurse bill trebles in three years

Trusts have spent almost £12m on hiring staff from a Scottish nursing agency in the last financial year.

Annual conference 2018

We bring you the highlights of this year’s Unite-CPHVA 2018 Annual Professional Conference.

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