News in numbers: May/June 2020

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

Advice for six-week newborn check during pandemic

Health visitors and paediatricians have published advice for parents who may not be able to attend the six-week GP check for newborn babies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

England: RSPH refreshes public health toolkit for professionals

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has published a toolkit to support healthcare professionals to record and measure their public health impact.

Covid-19 life assurance scheme announced

The families of health and care workers on the frontline will benefit from a new life assurance scheme during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mental health charities offer support to frontline

Mind, Samaritans, Shout, Hospice UK and the Royal Foundation (of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) have launched a mental health support service for frontline and key workers.

NMC call heard by more than 10,000 former workers

In just three weeks, 10,823 former nurses, midwives and overseas registrants signed up to the NMC temporary register to fight Covid-19.

England: trust says BAME staff are ‘at risk’ from Covid-19

In a letter to its BAME colleagues, an NHS trust in England has classified all of its BAME staff as ‘vulnerable and at risk’ from Covid-19. 

England: vapers wrongly think their habit is as bad as cigarettes

An increasing number of smokers believe nicotine vaping products are equally or more harmful than smoking, says a report from Public Health England (PHE). 

Thousands of cancer cases being missed during pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a dramatic effect on cancer services, warns Cancer Research UK (CRUK), and thousands of cases are being missed.

Fear of measles outbreak amid Covid-19 pandemic

Measles outbreaks may occur because of the coronavirus pandemic, says Unicef, due to possible disruptions to vaccination services. 

Scotland: £1m funding for perinatal mental health

New annual funding of up to £1m will be made available to charities from this August, to help the mental wellbeing of new families. 

The ‘profound’ impact on mental health from Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic could have a ‘profound’ and ‘pervasive’ impact on global mental health, now and in the future, warn a total of 24 leading experts on mental health, including neuroscientists, psychologists and public health experts.

Scotland: minimum alcohol pricing fails to dent underage drinking habits

Minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol has had no impact on under-18s’ drinking habits, say researchers

England: jab drives HPV to lowest level in 12 years

Cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are now at a very low level in young, sexually active women in England, following the introduction of the HPV vaccination in 2008.

England: meningococcal vaccine reduces disease by almost two-thirds

Infant vaccination against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has significantly reduced the number of cases of the disease in young children, research by Public Health England shows.

Wales: extra help for the hidden homeless

A major new campaign to tackle hidden homelessness among young people has been launched by the Welsh Government.

Wales: funding doubled for ‘whole school’ mental health projects

The Welsh Government has doubled the funding available to local authorities and local health boards to support the mental health of children and young people.

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