News in numbers: May/June 2021

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

NMC consultation to modernise nursing education standards

The NMC has launched a consultation on new draft education standards ‘to modernise community and public health nursing standards’ in the UK.

Scotland: more funding for students to ensure practical education

Nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students are set to access alternative clinical placements to ‘support their practical education disrupted by Covid’, the Scottish Government has announced.

Caring during Covid: half of workforce are ‘overwhelmed’

In a survey asking about the impact of Covid on their work, 49.3% of health and social care workers said they felt overwhelmed by increased pressures, 46.1% felt impacted but not significantly – and only 4.6% said that their service had not been impacted or had been stepped down.

Northern Ireland: health minister details ambitions for rebuilding health

In a keynote statement to the Assembly in mid-April, health minister Robin Swann laid out the plans for rebuilding Northern Ireland’s health service.

Staff need support to deal with mental health challenges

Unite has called for action, including full consultation with unions, to deal with the mental health challenges faced by staff due to the pandemic.

Scotland: protection for staff with lifelimiting illness

NHS Scotland is adopting the Dying to Work Charter, which affords healthcare staff with life-limiting illness extra protections at work.

England: BMI should be scrapped and obesity strategy is ‘dangerous’, says committee

The use of body mass index (BMI) to assess whether a person’s weight is healthy should stop, according to a report on body image by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

Scotland: support people with eating disorders now

That’s the priority recommendation of a national review of services: urgent help for people with eating disorders

England: new mental health hubs for new, expectant or bereaved mothers

Thousands of new, expectant or bereaved mothers will receive help and support for mental health problems through ‘dedicated hubs’ being set up across the country, NHS England has announced.

Two-thirds of students say their mental health is worse due to pandemic

To understand how the pandemic has been affecting students, the Higher Education Policy Institute and YouthSight polled more than 1000 full-time undergraduate students in March.

Families with children see their finances hit hardest by pandemic

Four million children are living in a family which has lost income since the start of the pandemic, with 1.6 million of these in a family that’s lost a third or more of earnings.

Funding boost for QNI community nurse support line

The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s TalktoUs telephone listening service has received a major funding boost from new charity Covid-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA).

England: Unite says NHS reforms fail to address funding and recruitment

The Department of Health and Social Care set out legislative proposals NHS reforms in February in a white paper.

Scotland: interim pay rise for NHS Scotland agenda for change staff

Employees will receive an interim pay increase of 1% ahead of the final 2021-22 pay settlement, recognising ‘an exceptional year of significant pressure’. 

England: health workers face unequal COVID risk says Marmot review

In his latest report, Sir Michael Marmot says England entered the pandemic in a poor state of health, with inequalities already rising.

A record number of people apply to nursing courses

Total applications to UK universities for nursing courses have risen by almost a third (32%), according to figures published by UCAS.

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