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.

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…

UK: friends and role models cushion impact of ACEs

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can severely impact on a child’s education and health prospects, but resilience resources such as friends and role models can help lessen the impact, researchers have found.

Conference one-to-one: how are you, dad?

International campaigner for fathers’ mental health Mark Williams shares his story of coming through depression following the birth of his son, and how this experience inspired his fight to raise awareness and bring about change.

England & Wales: ‘alarming’ rise in children treated for type 2 diabetes

The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show.

UK: sixfold increase in children’s mental health problems

Mental health problems in children and young people have soared across the UK.

Great Britain: a healthy diet is ‘unaffordable’ to millions of children

Up to 3.7 million children are living in households that cannot afford to eat healthily.

HV caseload crunch

Dave Munday, lead professional officer at Unite, looks at how inflated caseloads are causing health visitors in England to struggle.

England: trusts to sell off hundreds of NHS properties

More than 700 plots of land or buildings have been earmarked for sale across England by NHS trusts, prompting fears that the funding crisis is forcing a mass sell-off.

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Life with COPD a passport to better care

Community matron Susan Nyandoro explains how a Devon trust is enhancing continuity of care for those with chronic lung disease.

Wales: new records system to paint clearer picture of child health

A new system that ensures every child has an active care record with all their details in one place has gone live.

SUDI: the bitterest loss

The number of unexpected and unexplained infant deaths has plummeted since the 1990s, but making further reductions now requires more intense and targeted work, writes journalist John Windell.

Canada: cleaning products could affect infant gut and raise BMI

Antibacterial cleaning products could be altering children’s gut flora – making them more likely to be overweight, a study says.

Spotlight on sight loss

Low vision or blindness can significantly affect a child’s learning progress and mental health. Journalist Anna Scott takes a closer look at how community practitioners can help families live with visual impairment.

USA: autism biomarkers show up in blood test

Biomarkers can be detected in some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which may lead to earlier diagnosis and even targeted dietary therapy.

Bringing period policy up to date

Working women are expected to cope unsupported with period problems. Journalist Juliette Astrup looks at ending the stigma of periods at work and asks if taking time off could be the answer.

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