News in numbers: September/October 2021

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

Scotland: ambitious plan to improve women’s healthcare a UK first

The Scottish Government has published a Women’s Health Plan to improve women’s health and reduce inequalities, making Scotland the first UK country to do so. 

More than 2000 respond to NMC standards review

The NMC consultation, ‘Building on ambitions for community and public health nursing’, closed in August. It sought views on proposed new proficiency standards for specialist community and public health nursing (SCPHN), which were last updated 15 years ago.

Scotland: frontline health and social care workers shape vaccinations

A report from Public Health Scotland (PHS) has revealed the views of frontline health and social care workers towards the Scottish Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Wales: NHS safeguarding kept vulnerable safe during pandemic

A report from Public Health Wales (PHW) explains how the NHS Wales Safeguarding Network continued its vital work during the pandemic.

England: ministers urged to join forces to support family services

The House of Lords Public Services Committee has called on the government’s health, education and communities departments to work together with Treasury support to address the causes of child vulnerability.

Scotland: more help for young families to eat healthily

The Best Start Foods payment to low-income families was increased in August, in accordance with the promises made by the Scottish Government.

England: workforce burnout at emergency levels, says committee

A report by the Health and Social Care Committee (HSCC) suggests that the future functioning of services is at grave risk, and calls for an overhaul of workforce planning.

Wales: basic income scheme could improve health for all, says PHW

Adopting a basic income scheme in Wales could be a catalyst for better health and wellbeing outcomes for all, a report published by Public Health Wales has suggested.

Spike in children with mild fever attending A&E puts pressure on staff

Emergency departments (EDs) across the UK are seeing very high numbers of young children for this time of the year because of a rise in infections usually seen in winter, says the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

The pandemic could have a lasting impact on young people’s mental health, warns charity

A poll of more than 4000 eight- to 24-year-olds across the UK suggests the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people could still be worsening a year after the pandemic started.

Duchess launches centre for early childhood to drive awareness and action

The Duchess of Cambridge has launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood to drive awareness of, and action on, ‘the transformative impact of the early years’.

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.

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