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.

Calls for pay justice made for NHS staff battling Covid-19

Unite has joined with 13 other health unions and organisations in the campaign to demand that pay talks start as soon as possible out of respect for NHS staff who have battled Covid-19.

England: HVs fear vulnerable families left at risk due to redeployment

Health visitors have expressed concerns that the needs of children are being missed due to redeployment and increased caseloads during Covid-19.

Scotland: new resource to help people experiencing domestic abuse

A new online learning tool has been created for professionals working in sectors such as health, social work and education.

England: Government urges people to lose weight to beat Covid and help NHS

The government released its obesity strategy at the end of July, announcing ‘a new set of policies… to empower people to make the healthier choices they want to make and give the full support of the NHS to people who... want to lose weight’.

England and Wales: parents urged to keep children vaccinated

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, has said that a national effort to vaccinate children and young people today will relieve the long-term pressures on health services by avoiding preventable diseases.

England: children and adults with learning disabilities still dying prematurely

People with learning disabilities in England are not only dying prematurely, but from treatable causes of death, reveals the latest annual report from the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme.

Scotland: national mesh removal service to be introduced

A mesh removal surgical service is being set up for women experiencing complications following vaginal mesh implants.

Comprehensive expansion of flu vaccination this winter

More than 30 million people in England are to be offered a free flu vaccine this year, described by the government as ‘the most comprehensive flu vaccination programme in the UK’s history’.

News in numbers: September/October 2020

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

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