News in numbers: February 2020

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

England: student nurses to receive grant of at least £5000 a year

All nursing and midwifery students on courses from September 2020 are to receive a payment of at least £5000 a year towards living costs which they will not need to pay back.

Scotland: UK’S first integrated health and social care workforce plan

Increased nurse training and recruitment in Scotland are among the steps set out in the first integrated health and social care workforce plan in the UK, which will try to meet growing service demand.

Wales: awareness of ACEs is strong – but not the confidence to help

Public sector workers have a good awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and can identify opportunities for improvement, a Public Health Wales (PHW) survey has shown.

Scotland: mental illness top cause of millions of staff sick days

Poor mental health is one of the main reasons NHS staff are on sick leave in Scotland, new figures reveal.

Stop falling numbers of ‘vital’ school nurses, says RCOG

Invest more in school nurses and reverse the fall in their numbers. That is the new recommendation from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

England: £40m to speed up slow NHS computer logins

NHS staff spend a ‘ridiculous’ amount of time logging in to multiple computer systems, but a £40m investment in frontline technology is set to ease their frustration.

England: £165m to help troubled families get their lives back on track

Vulnerable families will receive more support to tackle deep-rooted problems with up to £165m of new funding in 2020-21 for the Troubled Families programme.

Now it’s two not three injections for pneumococcal vaccination

Babies will have two rather than three injections to protect them against pneumococcal disease in changes to the childhood immunisation schedule.

Scotland: classroom obesity - a growing problem

The obesity inequality gap among Scottish school pupils is continuing to grow, with almost a quarter of children now starting school at risk of being overweight or obese.

Wales: six ways to stop suicide among young people

Public Health Wales (PHW) has highlighted six key ways to prevent deaths by suicide among children and young people.

Northern Ireland: disability-free life expectancy tumbles

Life expectancy free of disability declined in Northern Irelandin 2016-18. It is now 57.3 years for men and 57.2 years for women, a decline of 3.0 years for men and 4.6 years for women since 2012-14.

Help for HVs facing fitness-to-practise proceedings

Nurses, midwives and nursing associates involved in fitness-to-practise (FtP) proceedings can now access a new, free and confidential support service.

England: mother and baby app used by local maternity systems

The Mum & Baby app designed in London that provides women with information throughout pregnancy and new motherhood is being picked up by services across England.

NHS in Scotland struggles to stay in the black

The health service in Scotland could suffer a £1.8bn shortfall in less than five years without reforms, Audit Scotland has warned.

District nurse student numbers are on the up

The number of students enrolled in district nurse education is up by almost a fifth.

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