News in numbers: April

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers.

Scotland: £26m overtime bill for nurses

Almost £26M was spent on overtime payments for nurses and midwives in Scotland last year.

England: body map to identify genetic condition

A new body map to identify a genetic condition and birthmarks has been introduced to the ‘red book’ for families in East Sussex.

Northern Ireland: over 1400 nursing posts lie vacant

More than 1400 nursing posts are unfilled across Northern Ireland following a 20% increase in the number of nurses leaving their jobs over the last two years.

England: county in Family services shake-up

Two thirds of Somerset’s children’s centres are to close under plans to shake up the county’s family services.

Wales: £100m reform of social care

A new £100m fund aims to transform the way health and social services are delivered in Wales.

England: animation to help support women with eating disorders

A training animation to help midwives and health visitors support pregnant women and new mothers with eating disorders has been launched.

England: call for action on childhood obesity

A new report from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity seeks to shift the debate around childhood obesity from ‘willpower’ to how environments shape decision-making in diets.

Scotland: quarter of mums ‘uncomfortable’ breastfeeding babies in public

More than a quarter of new mums said they are being made to feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public, a nationwide survey has found.

Wales: child poverty scheme fails to impact poorest

Flying start, Wales’ flagship scheme to support children in poverty, is failing to reach nearly two in three of the country’s poorest children, a report has found.

England: mums can call on Amazon voice assistant for breastfeeding advice

Public Health England (PHE) is offering mums breastfeeding advice via Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa.