England: virgin wins back HCP contract after legal challenge

A council ordered by the High Court to re-run the procurement process for health-visiting and school-nursing services has identified Virgin Care as the preferred bidder for a second time.

Scotland: retirees will mentor newly qualified nurses

Up to 100 retired nurses will be trained as ‘professional practice advisers’ to mentor new NHS recruits.

Canada: two-thirds of children fall short in ‘physical literacy’

Around two-thirds of Canadian children have failed to achieve an acceptable level of physical literacy, according to results from a large national research project.

USA: verbs not nouns make children persistent

Encouraging children ‘to help’ rather to be ‘helpers’ can make them more persistent when carrying out tricky daily tasks.

USA: gene activity may ease stress of breastfed babies

Breastfed babies react less to stress because of epigenetic changes made by maternal behaviour, a study suggests.

UK: AI helps predict why children struggle at school

Researchers have harnessed artificial intelligence (AI) to better identify why children struggle at school.

News in numbers: December

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

Denmark: poorer children more likely to commit violent crime or self-harm

Children from poorer families are at greater risk of being involved in violent crime and harming themselves as young adults, a study has shown.

England: severe obesity soars in Year 6 children

Severe obesity among 10- and 11-year-olds has increased by more than a third since 2006-07. 

Australia: dummies don’t cause speech disorder

Dummies are not associated with phonological impairment, a study has found.

Northern Ireland: welfare reform ‘traps more children in poverty’

The number of children trapped in poverty will increase because of changes to social security benefits.

England: losing race to improve children’s health

A report from the RCPCH projected that in 2030 there would be 50% more A&E attendances for young children and young people.

Wales: earlier mental health support in schools

Pupils will receive earlier mental health support in schools to prevent more serious problems in later life.

Scotland: poorer children have worse dental health

Children in Scotland’s most deprived areas are more likely to have tooth decay than their more affluent peers.

Northern Ireland: Unite demands reduction in health worker pay gap

Unite has called for action on health workers’ pay after a new bill puts civil servants in the driving seat at deadlocked Stormont.

England: more HV checks for at-risk families, says Commissioner

15,800 babies under the age of one are considered by local authorities to be vulnerable and at risk from harm, but still living at home

Scotland: student nursing bursary increases to £10,000

The first minister has announced plans to increase bursaries for nursing and midwifery students from £6578 to £10,000 a year by 2020-21.

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