A new virtual reality: Unite-CPHVA conference

Introducing the Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference and AGM 2020 – virtual style, and a word of thanks.

Tribute to Mary Seacole

A look at the life and legacy of the heroic nurse who bravely helped soldiers during the Crimean War, and still inspires others.

Training and adapting in a new world: SCPHN students

Continuing from last issue’s ‘University Challenged’, SCPHN leads across the UK share how programmes are being delivered during the pandemic.*

Osteoporosis: the silent disease

A bone fracture is often the first indication of this typically asymptomatic common condition, writes journalist Julie Penfold.

Starting to measure up: a tool for SNs

Erica Lloyd on how measuring outcomes can improve school nurses’ effectiveness.

The power of touch

In a time of social distancing, children are missing out on some of the physical affection they need to keep their minds healthy, writes Helen Clark

Why is it taking so long to achieve racial equality in healthcare?

The pandemic has impacted BAME groups more severely and exposed yet more disparities. Inequality in healthcare (still) and structural racism in society are some of the reasons. Journalist Linsey Wynton asks why we are still waiting for action.

Cannabis use in pregnancy linked to autism risk

Children whose mothers reported using cannabis during pregnancy have a higher risk of autism, say researchers.

Children’s relationship with natural world needs care

Children are happier and more likely to protect the natural world when they have a greater connection to it.

Pester power of children can influence family diet

Children’s ‘pester power’ may help families to eat more healthily at home, says a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

A global rise in gout

Between 1990 and 2017, the prevalence of gout – a form of arthritis characterised by severe pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints – increased around the world, reveals an analysis in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Frontline staff three times as likely to get Covid-19 despite PPE

Frontline healthcare workers with adequate PPE have a threefold increased risk of a positive Covid-19 test compared with the general population, a study in The Lancet Public Health has found.

Stress and anxiety: the price of lockdown

In the first study to look at people’s coping styles during lockdown (17 to 26 April 2020), researchers confirmed that health anxieties were heightened, and those in vulnerable groups were more distressed as a result.

Pushed to the brink: a rise in suicide?

The Covid pandemic is sparking fears of a rise in suicide and suicidal behaviour. Journalist Jo Waters asks who are the groups most at risk and how can CPs best support them.

Covid across the four nations: insight from Unite

Gain insight from Unite officers on the main pandemic issues relevant to CPs across the UK, plus how they’re working on your behalf.

Wales: NHS sickness absence at start of pandemic highest on record

Sickness absence was 6% – up 0.4 percentage points from the same period in 2019 – reveals the most recent quarterly report (to 31 March 2020) on sickness absence of Welsh NHS staff.

Uncertain times loom despite largest-ever rise in nursing jobs

A total of 18,370 more nurses, midwives and nursing associates are now on the NMC’s permanent register to work in the UK compared with a year ago.

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