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What are health visitors’ perceptions about offering support to parents who have suffered a stillbirth, neonatal death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?

Yinka Ogunbanjo explores how health visitors perceive their role in supporting bereaved parents through focus groups and one-to-one interviews.

The health visitor, the ecological approach and the assessment of health need with a focus on the gypsy and traveller community.

Jacqueline Cattenach explores the links between child development and health and cultural factors in this most marginalised of groups.
 

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Big story: credit crunch

Universal Credit – the new system which rolls six other benefits into a single monthly payment – has been controversial from the outset. What impact is it having on families, and what do community practitioners need to be aware of? Journalist Juliette Astrup reports.

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.

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.

Web conversation

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.

Web conversation

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.

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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.

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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

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 

What factors influence mothers in the UK and Ireland to wean their infants before six months of age?

What factors influence mothers in the UK and Ireland to wean their infants before six months of age?

This narrative literature review by Cathryne Edmunds and Sue Green, outlines key factors associated with early weaning before six months of age. 

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Supported or stigmatised? The impact of sickle cell disease on families

Brigid Keane and Lindy Defoe explore the support available for families who have a child with sickle cell disease.

Volunteers

Raising the visibility of school nursing services

Laura Sanders, Charlie Pratten, Laura Pretty, Shiela Roberts and Jenny Robinson examine the voices of young people in secondary educational provisions, in a bid to raise the visibility of school nursing services.

Volunteers

The power of volunteers

A volunteer programme that gives support to vulnerable families demonstrated that a small investment in training and support can bring about enormous change. Pauline Lee, Sarah Cook and Catherine Mee explain more.

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