Wales: ‘Test and post’ sexual health pilot scheme extended

A scheme allowing self-testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea at home has been extended for six months following a successful pilot. 

England: New parents with mental health problems could be overlooked, says NSPCC

About one in four new parents in England are not seeing a health visitor when their baby turns one, increasing the risk of mental health problems going unnoticed, the NSPCC says.

UK loses measles-free status: health leaders to renew efforts

The government has set out measures to improve vaccination rates after the UK lost its measles-free status with the World Health Organization.

England: School starters at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases

One in seven five-year-olds may not be fully up to date with some routine immunisations, Public Health England (PHE) has cautioned, with the figure rising to around one in four children in London.

Big story: more harm than good

Rates of self-harm are rising steeply, especially among young women, but the majority are still not able to access the right medical or psychological care. Can you play a helpful role? Journalist Juliette Astrup investigates.

October news in numbers

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

Australia: Feeling the beat is a step towards child self-regulation skills

Marching, wiggling and tapping a beat helps young children develop self-regulation skills and improves school readiness, research published in Psychology of Music has found.

England: Student nursing applications still down in England

Student nursing applications in England are still 29% lower than three years ago before the removal of the bursary, the latest figures show.

England: NHS addresses its workforce issues with interim plan

The NHS must become a better place to work, according to the new Interim NHS people plan, which sets out actions to tackle workforce challenges.

Wales: Welsh legislation focuses on quality of health and social care

A health and social care bill that would introduce an ‘organisational duty of candour’ to encourage openness and transparency in NHS organisations has been introduced to the National Assembly for Wales.

Northern Ireland: Pregnant women urged to get pertussis immunisation

Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency (PHA) has reminded pregnant women to get the whooping cough vaccine, with the latest figures revealing a rise in cases this year.

Scotland: Government targets child weight-management inequality with £1.7m boost for health boards

The Scottish Government is giving £1.7m to health boards as part of its push to reduce the number of overweight under-18s by half by 2030.

England and Wales: Infant mortality rates rise for third year running in England and Wales

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show infant mortality rates in England and Wales have risen for the third year running.

England: HPV vaccination of boys to start

Boys in England are being offered the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for the first time as research shows it could prevent more than 100,000 cancers by 2058.

England: Change4Life highlights wellbeing boost from exercise

Change4Life, a campaign run by Public Health England (PHE), is highlighting the positive impact of exercise on wellbeing with the launch of Disney-inspired short bursts of activity.

September news in numbers

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

Lincolnshire health visitors staging week-long strike

Lincolnshire health visitors are stepping up their campaign for pay rise justice by staging a week-long strike.
 

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