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.

News in numbers: March/April 2020

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

England: free period products made available to school students

State schools and colleges in England can now order free period products for students as part of a government scheme to tackle period poverty. 

NMC to revamp post-registration SCPHN standards

The NMC will develop new ‘bespoke’ specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) standards of proficiency for health visitors, school nurses and occupational health nurses.

Northern Ireland: nurses promised pay parity with England to end strike

The promise of pay parity has brought an end to the health service industrial dispute in Northern Ireland.

Wales: £13m for new wellbeing hub in Cardiff

A £13m investment to fund a new wellbeing hub in Cardiff has been announced by the Welsh Government.

England: baby-friendly services in Salford win Unicef gold

Salford City Council and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust’s 0 to five services have become the first in north-west England to achieve the joint gold standard Unicef Baby Friendly Award.

Northern Ireland: new healthcare skills brought to GP practices

New multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) that bring together a range of healthcare providers in GP practices are to be rolled out across the Western Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with the Derry GP Federation of Family Practices.

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.

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