Wales: NHS sickness absence at start of pandemic highest on record

Sickness absence was 6% – up 0.4 percentage points from the same period in 2019 – reveals the most recent quarterly report (to 31 March 2020) on sickness absence of Welsh NHS staff.

Uncertain times loom despite largest-ever rise in nursing jobs

A total of 18,370 more nurses, midwives and nursing associates are now on the NMC’s permanent register to work in the UK compared with a year ago.

Calls for pay justice made for NHS staff battling Covid-19

Unite has joined with 13 other health unions and organisations in the campaign to demand that pay talks start as soon as possible out of respect for NHS staff who have battled Covid-19.

England: HVs fear vulnerable families left at risk due to redeployment

Health visitors have expressed concerns that the needs of children are being missed due to redeployment and increased caseloads during Covid-19.

Scotland: new resource to help people experiencing domestic abuse

A new online learning tool has been created for professionals working in sectors such as health, social work and education.

England: Government urges people to lose weight to beat Covid and help NHS

The government released its obesity strategy at the end of July, announcing ‘a new set of policies… to empower people to make the healthier choices they want to make and give the full support of the NHS to people who... want to lose weight’.

England and Wales: parents urged to keep children vaccinated

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, has said that a national effort to vaccinate children and young people today will relieve the long-term pressures on health services by avoiding preventable diseases.

England: children and adults with learning disabilities still dying prematurely

People with learning disabilities in England are not only dying prematurely, but from treatable causes of death, reveals the latest annual report from the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme.

Scotland: national mesh removal service to be introduced

A mesh removal surgical service is being set up for women experiencing complications following vaginal mesh implants.

Comprehensive expansion of flu vaccination this winter

More than 30 million people in England are to be offered a free flu vaccine this year, described by the government as ‘the most comprehensive flu vaccination programme in the UK’s history’.

News in numbers: September/October 2020

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

England: restoring care for children and young people

NHS England has released further guidance on the Covid-19 restoration of community health services for children and young people.

Scotland: more guidance to steer CPs through Covid-19 and beyond

The Scottish Government has updated Covid-19 clinical guidance for community practitioners and allied health professionals to steer them through the ‘route map’ out of the crisis.

England: how to deliver school nursing during a pandemic

The CPHVA, along with three other health bodies, has published professional advice for school nurses (SNs) on delivering services during Covid-19.

NMC reveals plans to move towards the ‘new normal’

The NMC has proposed a series of gradual changes to help support nursing and midwifery students and professionals during this transition period in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Action plan needed: Covid-19 impact on BAME groups

Public Health England (PHE) has released a follow-up report after a descriptive data review showed that BAME people had the highest death rates from Covid-19.

Unite launches Covid-19 risk guide for BAME members

Unite the Union has produced a Covid-19 health and safety guide on risk assessment for BAME workers, with practical guidance for employers and employees.

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