Creature comfort

Our pets make us smile and laugh – but they might also help improve the health of the nation. Should CPs be making greater use of animal-assisted therapy?

Wales: ‘Test and post’ sexual health pilot scheme extended

A scheme allowing self-testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea at home has been extended for six months following a successful pilot. 

England: New parents with mental health problems could be overlooked, says NSPCC

About one in four new parents in England are not seeing a health visitor when their baby turns one, increasing the risk of mental health problems going unnoticed, the NSPCC says.

UK loses measles-free status: health leaders to renew efforts

The government has set out measures to improve vaccination rates after the UK lost its measles-free status with the World Health Organization.

Streamlining of the Mellow Parenting Observation System for research and non-specialist clinical use

Researchers Lucy Thompson, Gerry King, Eleanor Taylor, Christine Puckering and Phil Wilson explored whether a streamlined version of a tool to assess parent-child interactions provided comparable data to the full system and gathered feedback from health visitors.

Is there a crisis of childhood?

Children in the UK are buckling as a result of unprecedented social pressures, political turmoil and a void in government policies that should keep them safe and well, says a recent report. Journalist Jo Waters asks what can be done to help avert a crisis.

October feedback

A new national campaign promotes hot drink safety around children, plus your chance to apply for funding to improve your practice.

Ireland: Second-hand smoke linked to increased risk of child obesity

The children of women who do not smoke are less likely to become overweight or obese, report researchers from University College Cork.

USA: School readiness impaired in pre-schoolers with ADHD symptoms

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms are less likely to be school-ready than symptomless children the same age, a study says.

Great Britain: Racist incidents rise for overseas nurses since Brexit vote

Overseas nurses are experiencing higher levels of discrimination, including racist incidents, and are more likely to consider leaving the NHS since the EU referendum in 2016, a new report has found.

Scotland: First meeting held to tackle NHS bullying and harassment

Measures to tackle bullying in the NHS in Scotland have been discussed at the first meeting of a new advisory body.

Northern Ireland: Results of Health and Social Care Workforce Census

The Department of Health has released details of the latest Northern Ireland Health and Social Care (HSC) workforce census.

England: Consultation to shape HV and SN services in Durham

A public consultation is to help shape the future of Durham’s health visitors and school nurses.

England: New digital technology will free up HVs’ time

A £14.3m digital transformation programme is set to save valuable time for health-visiting teams in Greater Manchester.

The daily grind

Millions of people in the UK of all ages have one form of arthritis or another, and pain can be the biggest obstacle to a normal life, says journalist John Windell.

24 hours with Andrea Sutcliffe

Andrea is chief executive and registrar of the NMC, in charge of more than 800 staff on five sites.

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