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.

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.

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