What’s happening in the world of public health? We take a look at the latest stories affecting the professions.

Thousands of families in Stoke at risk due to proposed budget cuts, says Unite

Stoke-on-Trent families could be badly hit if proposed city council plans to cut £1 million from the children and young people services’ budget go ahead, Unite has warned.

News in numbers: May/June 2021

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

CP safety: expect the unexpected

Women’s safety has moved into the spotlight recently, and community practitioners – many of whom are female – face particular risks at work. Journalist Radhika Holmström asks how you can stay safe on the job.

Shedding the stigma of catching Covid can help defeat pandemic

Feelings of shame and stigmatisation at the idea of contracting Covid-19 are linked to lower compliance of social distancing and the likelihood of reporting infection to authorities and potential contacts.

Exercise helps curb low-grade inflammation in children

Doing more brisk and vigorous physical activity can help curb low-grade inflammation in children with a higher body fat percentage, suggests research in the European Journal of Sport Science.

Healthy body image protects against weight gain in teens

A two-year study of 1225 Norwegians in early adolescence found that positive ‘self-rated health’ and self-esteem protected them against weight gain.

Poorer outcomes for mums and babies during the pandemic

Pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies have worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, revealed a global study.

Personal stories of vaccine side effects reduce the impact of hard science messages

Expert scientific messages on vaccine safety are effective at increasing public acceptance of vaccines, but this benefit is mostly lost when news programmes show a personal narrative on side effects, research has found.

NMC consultation to modernise nursing education standards

The NMC has launched a consultation on new draft education standards ‘to modernise community and public health nursing standards’ in the UK.

Scotland: more funding for students to ensure practical education

Nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students are set to access alternative clinical placements to ‘support their practical education disrupted by Covid’, the Scottish Government has announced.

Caring during Covid: half of workforce are ‘overwhelmed’

In a survey asking about the impact of Covid on their work, 49.3% of health and social care workers said they felt overwhelmed by increased pressures, 46.1% felt impacted but not significantly – and only 4.6% said that their service had not been impacted or had been stepped down.

Northern Ireland: health minister details ambitions for rebuilding health

In a keynote statement to the Assembly in mid-April, health minister Robin Swann laid out the plans for rebuilding Northern Ireland’s health service.

Staff need support to deal with mental health challenges

Unite has called for action, including full consultation with unions, to deal with the mental health challenges faced by staff due to the pandemic.

Scotland: protection for staff with lifelimiting illness

NHS Scotland is adopting the Dying to Work Charter, which affords healthcare staff with life-limiting illness extra protections at work.

England: BMI should be scrapped and obesity strategy is ‘dangerous’, says committee

The use of body mass index (BMI) to assess whether a person’s weight is healthy should stop, according to a report on body image by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

Scotland: support people with eating disorders now

That’s the priority recommendation of a national review of services: urgent help for people with eating disorders

England: new mental health hubs for new, expectant or bereaved mothers

Thousands of new, expectant or bereaved mothers will receive help and support for mental health problems through ‘dedicated hubs’ being set up across the country, NHS England has announced.

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