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.

Caring for who? The Covid impact on CPs

The impact of Covid on families is rightly being put under the spotlight. But what of the pandemic’s toll on those who care for them, particularly community practitioners? Journalist Helen Bird explores the effect on CP wellbeing and the support available.

Families holding on: how will they bounce back after Covid?

Young families have been under tremendous pressure from all directions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Journalist Jo Waters investigates what new parents, babies and toddlers, and parents of young children have been experiencing and asks what support they will need. 

Awards and conference: looking forwards

Recognising fantastic work, plus the importance of adapting and wellbeing.

CP safety: expect the unexpected

Women’s safety has moved into the spotlight recently, and community practitioners – many of whom are female – face particular risks at work. Journalist Radhika Holmström asks how you can stay safe on the job.

Shedding the stigma of catching Covid can help defeat pandemic

Feelings of shame and stigmatisation at the idea of contracting Covid-19 are linked to lower compliance of social distancing and the likelihood of reporting infection to authorities and potential contacts.

Exercise helps curb low-grade inflammation in children

Doing more brisk and vigorous physical activity can help curb low-grade inflammation in children with a higher body fat percentage, suggests research in the European Journal of Sport Science.

SUDC: every one a tragedy

Chief executive of SUDC UK Nikki Speed shines a light on sudden unexplained death in childhood and how to support families devastated by their loss.

Poorer outcomes for mums and babies during the pandemic

Pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies have worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, revealed a global study.

Scotland: protection for staff with lifelimiting illness

NHS Scotland is adopting the Dying to Work Charter, which affords healthcare staff with life-limiting illness extra protections at work.

England: BMI should be scrapped and obesity strategy is ‘dangerous’, says committee

The use of body mass index (BMI) to assess whether a person’s weight is healthy should stop, according to a report on body image by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

England: new mental health hubs for new, expectant or bereaved mothers

Thousands of new, expectant or bereaved mothers will receive help and support for mental health problems through ‘dedicated hubs’ being set up across the country, NHS England has announced.

Asthma's image problem

Pictures used by the media and healthcare providers to illustrate asthma treatment can be misleading. But a Twitter campaign is starting to rectify the problem, explain Emily Guilmant-Farry and Sara Nelson.

Health visitors’ experiences of conducting non-visual assessment of unwell pre-school children via the health visiting duty telephone service: an exploratory qualitative study

Debbie Outram and Lesley Dibley asked health visitors to rate the effectiveness of the telephone triage processes they follow, focusing on the heightened risk of an unsuccessful outcome and how that may influence their attitude to the task.

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