MPs discuss HV crisis

The reduction in the number of health visitors in England, alongside other major issues facing the profession, were debated by MPs in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 23 October.

CP meets Len McCluskey

Community Practitioner caught up with general secretary of Unite the Union Len McCluskey after his talk at the Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference 2019.

Health visitor battle continues

The campaign for pay justice continues as Lincolnshire health visitors took centre stage at the TUC Congress in Brighton. 

Search for NMC Chair

The NMC are seeking a suitable independent Chair to oversee work on their post registration standards.

Search for NMC Chair

The NMC are seeking a suitable independent Chair to oversee work on their post registration standards.

Urgent action for anti-vax crisis

Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls for urgent action to improve vaccination uptake after more than 230 cases of measles reported in the UK.

Are you the one?

Community Practitioner is on the look out for a new professional editor

Urinary problems untreated in childhood can continue into teens

Children who wet themselves are more likely to suffer bladder and bowel problems as teenagers, new research has shown.

Flame-retardant chemicals 'could affect behaviour' in young children

Widely used flame-retardant chemicals found in furniture, carpets, electronics and mattresses among other things could be affecting the development of young children, US academics have suggested.

Being overweight in pregnancy linked to infant risk of cerebral palsy

A study of Swedish women has associated being overweight or obese in pregnancy with a higher infant risk of cerebral palsy.

People who trust healthcare staff 'tend to feel better'

Patients who have confidence in their healthcare providers are more likely to report greater satisfaction and quality of life, according to an analysis led by Swiss academics.

UK's poorest children 10 times more likely to go into care

Children from the poorest areas are almost 10 times more likely to be taken into care or placed on a child protection plan than those from affluent neighbourhoods, a study has revealed.

Children's 'red books' start online roll-out

An electronic version of the ‘red book’ children’s health record is to go live in London in April ahead of a national roll-out.

Teeth removals for under-fours 'up 24% in a decade'

The number of very young children in England needing baby teeth removed has risen by 24% over the last 10 years, new data has revealed.

Sex education to be compulsory in England, government rules

Sex and relationships education (SRE) is to be made compulsory in all schools in England.

New briefing addresses SCPHN concerns

Unite-CPHVA has issued a briefi ng to support members being redeployed or downbanded as part of organisational changes within the NHS.

Sleep problems in children triple in a decade

Hospital attendances in England for children under 14 with sleep disorders have tripled in 10 years, according to NHS data.