How can vulnerable young people have improved access to the School Nurses?

This qualitative research by Dawn Marie Blake, explore young people’s views around accessing school nurse drop-ins.

A Systematic review of the effectiveness of infant massage programmes in improving mother and infant attachment and dyadic attunement.

Rebecca Balakrishna, Melanie Teixeira, Jane Meyrick and Roxanne Hart sought to answer this question with a systematic review of the evidence from studies across 36 years.

Exploring Glasgow parents’ views of the Equal Protection from Assault Bill

Christopher Sweeney, health visitor, and public health lecturer William Spence used mixed methods research to explore the views of Glasgow parents on the proposed Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill in order to inform the work of health visitors and other professionals working with families.

A closed eye on dementia

Helen Rostill describes how artificial intelligence can monitor people with dementia in the home to reduce hospital admissions and support struggling carers.

Psychological Support for Staff on the Rapid Response Team: Reflecting on Practice

Fiona Finlay, Anna Baverstock and Jackie MacCallam considered the need for coping strategies by rapid response teams following the death of a child.

Evaluating the impact of the 5 pillars of parenting programme: A novel parenting intervention for Muslim families

Universal parenting intervention courses often fail to recruit and retain Muslim families. Kathryn Thomson, Hanan Hussein, Kathleen Roche-Nagi and Ruth Butterworth evaluated the impact of the faith-based Five Pillars of Parenting programme.

An exploration of the mental health needs of asylum seeking women and children in the UK: implications for health visiting practice

This literature review by Robert Dransfield and Liz Clark explores the issues surrounding the mental health and wellbeing of asylum seekers in the UK as it relates to health visiting practice.

Preventing teenage pregnancy through home-based sexual healthcare: a qualitative study of practitioners’ experiences

Catriona Jones and her colleagues use practitioners’ perspectives to evaluate a sexual health service designed to prevent second unplanned teenage pregnancy.

Mothering with a major mental Illness: examining emerging themes from the literature

This literature review by Diana Skibniewski-Woods examines the emerging themes found on mothering with a major illness, and is presented in relation to community practice.

The importance of communication in the practice teacher-student health visitor relationship

When a troubling incident with a student occurred, one teacher took a step back to reflect on her own practices – and made important realisations and changes as a result. Katie Kirk and Clare Hopkinson explain.

First Steps Postnatal Group: addressing the high-impact areas

Jayne Hollinshead and Keri Christie explore a postnatal group set up in Walsall to offer support to new parents in the emotional transition to and challenges of parenthood, and to help them form friendships and social bonds that will promote good health for all parties.

Evaluation of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Peripatetic Assessment Model

Dr Toity Deave, Dr Claire Novak, Judy Brook, and Dr Debra Salmon discuss their evaluation of the new model from the perspective of SCPHN students, mentors, practice teachers and managers.

Childhood obesity: an overview of the existing barriers to the health practitioner’s role in providing effective intervention

Amalia Burca Bouch highlights the latest guidance, and health professional research, on reducing the risks of childhood obesity. She also explores existing barriers to effective intervention and implementation of the guidelines.

Exploring the impact of motivational interviewing training for qualified health visitors

Jo Hirdle and Tina Vaughan explore the effectiveness of a motivational interviewing course for health visitors to use in their practice.

Difference and opportunity - health visiting interventions with abused women from collectivist and honour-based communities

Dr Catherine Smyth sets out the issues and challenges faced by health visitors when the caseload includes women from these hard-to-reach groups 

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