England: is digital inclusion the key to tackling health inequalities?

Tackling the ‘digital divide’ is vital in order to reduce health inequalities, concludes a three-year NHS Digital project trialling digital technology with disadvantaged communities.

Negative attitudes limit sexual health of over-45s

Negative attitudes towards older people’s sexual activities and limited awareness of available healthcare are associated with increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections, a report has found. 

Scotland: staff survey reveals pride in the face of adversity

The Everyone Matters Pulse Survey gathered responses from 83,000 members of staff across Scotland’s 22 health boards and 30 health and social care partnerships.

Professions join forces for worried new parents

Paediatricians, health visitors and GPs have collaborated to produce guidance for parents worried about their new baby.

Northern Ireland: Healthy child, healthy future is published

The Department of Health has published Healthy child, healthy future: health review statistics for Northern Ireland 2019/20.

England: PHE guidance on delivering Covid-19 vaccine

Public Health England (PHE) published new guidance at the end of November 2020 to support health and social care workers in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine.

England: free vitamin D supply over winter for the clinically vulnerable

Care home residents and people on the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ list (2.7 million people in total) are being offered free vitamin D supplements over winter by the government.

Scotland: first country in the world to make period products free

Scotland has become the first country anywhere to provide free period products to ‘anyone who needs them’. 

Charity calls for support as it warns of isolation and rising elder abuse

Safer ageing charity Hourglass is campaigning to make its helpline available around the clock after it revealed the extent of abuse of older people.

England: Royal report on rise in parental loneliness, plus more support needed

Only 10% of expectant parents took time to look after themselves before their baby was born, a third expect Covid to have a negative impact on their wellbeing, and parental loneliness increased from 38% to 63% during the pandemic.

England and Wales: online bullying experienced by one in five children... and rising

Before Covid-19 struck, around one in five children aged 10 to 15 years old (19%) experienced at least one type of online bullying behaviour (in the year ending March 2020). That’s equivalent to 764,000 children.

News in numbers: January/February 2021

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

News in numbers: November/December 2020

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

Public put NHS pay above waiting times, says report

The British public say better NHS pay and working conditions are a greater priority than addressing their own needs, such as reduced waiting times, according to charity Engage Britain.

England and Wales: new advice to improve immunity through exercise

Advice for healthcare professionals promoting exercise as a way of supporting immune function has been launched in response to Covid-19.

Rising numbers take district nurse qualification

The number of new students who started a district nurse specialist practitioner qualification (DN SPQ) programme in 2018-19 rose to 693, an increase of 34 students (5%) since 2017-18. 

England: supporting children and families is a frontline activity

Health visitors and school nurses should continue to support children and families over the winter and not be redeployed, says a letter from the Local Government Association, NHS and Public Health England to directors of nursing.

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