News in numbers: July/August 2021

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

Sense of community indicates enthusiasm for vaccine uptake

People who feel a sense of community belonging are more willing to have a Covid-19 vaccine, according to a study in the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.

The early warning signs of self harm

Researchers have identified two distinct subgroups among young people who self-harm, with risk factors showing as early as age five. It may therefore be possible to predict which individuals are most at risk of self-harm up to a decade ahead of time.

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).

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’.

Treat me well

Closing health equality gaps for people with a learning disability must start in childhood, says Paul Donnelly, head of campaigns at learning disability charity Mencap.

SCID: spotting the danger

Lauren Cooper, Lucy Pylypiw and Liz Robinson of the NHS Newborn Blood Spot screening programme explain how an evaluation of screening for severe combined immunodeficiency will work, and what HVs can do.

CVI: mixed messages

Cerebral visual impairment is the most common cause of vision problems in primary school-age children but the condition can often slip through the net. Journalist Jo Waters reports on the strategies for supporting children.

Conference special 2021: health and wellbeing for all ages

A round-up of the inaugural one-day Unite-CPHVA virtual conference 2021 – from sustaining your own workplace resilience to the impact of lockdown on babies, expert speakers explored the issues for CPs through the lens of Covid and beyond.

Waiting in vain

As waiting lists for NHS services reach record highs following the pandemic, journalist Juliette Astrup takes a look at what it means for children and families.

Covid-19 vaccination: rebuilding trust

A panel of esteemed speakers convened by Unite-CPHVA explored vaccine uptake among black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.

News in numbers: May/June 2021

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

Sickle cell disease: behind the curve

Sickle cell disease is one of the most common genetic disorders in the UK. Journalist Linsey Wynton sets out the essential information about this serious, rarely cured and often painful condition.

Covid vaccine reflections

As the vaccination roll-out continues apace, four members supporting the programme – from Unite staff volunteering alongside their day jobs to a retiree returning to practice – reflect on their experiences so far.