Health visitor feedback on a structured, behavioural training for working with families of children with behaviour problems

Margiad Williams and Judy Hutchings questioned HVs who delivered a skills programme for parents to effectively address behavioural problems. 

News in numbers: October

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

Wales: smacking ban splits public down the middle

Public opinion is divided on proposals for a smacking ban.

Adopting a better approach

Adoption is only the start of a new journey that can be both rewarding and challenging. How can you help support adoptive families? Journalist Rima Evans reports.

The future of practice

How might current and future technology developments impact on the way you carry out your work now and in the future? And how could this affect your clients? Journalist Peter Crush reports.

Disability: hear to help

In a new series on how you can help clients living with disability – from sensory impairments to mobility issues, journalist Anna Scott looks at hearing loss in children.

Holding on to primary healthcare nurses

Sue Randall and Tonia Crawford describe a programme in Sydney, Australia, that helps to recruit and retain community health nursing students.

USA: violence in pregnancy predicts aggression in toddlers

Children born to mothers who experience violence in pregnancy are more likely to show aggression towards their mothers as toddlers.

USA: browbeating picky eaters makes no difference to behaviour or weight

Pressuring fussy children to eat food they dislike does not change their behaviour or their weight, a study has found.

England: council will rerun bid process for healthy child programme

Lancashire County Council will re-evaluate its tendering process for school-nursing and health-visiting services after a court blocked its decision to award a £104m contract to Virgin Care.

Wales: make chats about health more effective, NHS workers told

Healthcare professionals can have more effective conversations with patients about improving health and wellbeing through new online training, says Public Health Wales (PHW).

Northern Ireland: NHS job vacancies could be double number reported

The true number of empty posts in the health system could be nearly double the number previously reported by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB).

England: new relationships education for an online world

All schools will teach children about good physical and mental health, how to stay safe online and offline, and the importance of healthy relationships.

Great Britian: infant-feeding website aims to help HVs support parents

A new infant-feeding website will help health visitors encourage breastfeeding and bottle-feeding parents to bond with their babies.

Scotland: make nursing gender-neutral, report recommends

Nursing should be rebranded as gender-neutral to attract more men into the profession, according to a report commissioned by NHS Scotland.

Northern Ireland: cancer charity says boys should receive HPV vaccine

Boys should be included in a vaccination scheme to protect them from the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV), say Cancer Focus NI and the British Dental Association.

England: self-harm hospitalisations in girls double since 1997

The number of girls under 18 treated in hospital in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago, according to NHS Digital figures.

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