Critical reflections on early career research development in public health nursing

Maria Tighe Clark, PhD, SCPHN-HV, RM, RGN, Lecturer in Nursing/Programme Lead for Advanced Clinical Practice, Institute of Clinical Sciences, School of Medicine and Dentistry (Nursing), University of Birmingham. Alison Lewis, MSc, SCPHN-HV, RGN, Family Nurse, South Warwickshire Foundation Trust. Caroline Bradbury-Jones, PhD, RHV, RM, RN, Reader in Nursing, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham. 

Clinical update: Non-epileptic attack disorder

Non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD) is defined as ‘a disorder characterised by episodes of change in behaviour or movement, not caused by a primary change in electrical activity of the brain’ (NICE, 2012: 105). It is also known as psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) or pseudoseizures, which are paroxysmal episodes that resemble and are often misdiagnosed as epileptic seizures (Benbadis, 2016).

Bridging the health gap - 1976-86

Dissatisfaction among healthcare professionals characterised the late 70s as health inequalities were finally brought to the government’s attention. We look back at the decade from 1976 to 1986.

Giving children a reason to smile

Tooth decay is a real but wholly preventable problem. But a new, musical app aims to ease the tooth-brushing process for children and families and bring fun to the proceedings, as Community Practitioner discovers.

Refugee support: practitioners giving back

You’ve seen the headlines: the refugee crisis won’t solve itself. You want to do something to help but don’t have the time, resources or inclination to go overseas and work in Calais, Greece or Lebanon.

Pulling together as a profession

We hear from Sarah Carpenter, Unite in Health’s new national offi cer, about how the union is standing up for your rights, and look at some important dates for your diary.

Queen's Nurses: pomp and prestige

As the Queen’s Nursing Institute approaches its 130-year celebrations, Catherine Kelsey explores why the title of Queen’s Nurse continues to represent a respected and prestigious accolade in the healthcare profession.

An #HV week to remember

#HVweek 2016 took place of 26-30 September, sharing and celebrating the work of health visitors across the UK with events hosted in each of the four countries. We take a look at the highlights.

Child vaccination: ‘A slow erosion’?

Why are fewer parents having their children immunised? As vaccination levels fall for the third year running, Juliette Astrup explores the possible reasons and potential implications for public health.

Drug reactions in infants ‘could be underreported’

A new study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, has shown that adverse drug reactions in newborns and infants maybe under-reported.

Calls for ‘zero tolerance’ on secondhand smoke for children

A ‘zero-tolerance approach’ to exposing children to secondhand cigarette smoke has been called fo

E-cigarette adverts ‘could make smoking seem safer’

Children exposed to e-cigarette adverts could be less likely to believe smoking an occasional cigarette is harmful, a study has found.

Research links reduced fetal size to asthma risk

Babies who are smaller during pregnancy could be at a greater risk of respiratory problems as they grow up, a study has found.

Caesarean-born babies at higher risk of obesity, study finds

Children delivered by caesarean section appear to be at a higher risk of becoming obese, especial

Smartphone games ‘could help diagnose autism’

Assessing how children play games on smartphones and tablets could help identify those with autism, according to a University of Strathclyde study.

School nurses ‘bogged down’ with child protection work

‘Paperwork and bureaucratic child protection duties’ are making it harder for school nurses to do their jobs, according to a new report.

NICE issues new guidelines on sexting

NICE has issued guidance to improve support for children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour.