England: virgin wins back HCP contract after legal challenge

A council ordered by the High Court to re-run the procurement process for health-visiting and school-nursing services has identified Virgin Care as the preferred bidder for a second time.

Canada: two-thirds of children fall short in ‘physical literacy’

Around two-thirds of Canadian children have failed to achieve an acceptable level of physical literacy, according to results from a large national research project.

News in numbers: December

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download PDF here.

England: severe obesity soars in Year 6 children

Severe obesity among 10- and 11-year-olds has increased by more than a third since 2006-07. 

Change the focus

Mindfulness teacher and trainer Singhashri Gazmuri reveals how you can benefit from mindfulness and compassion in your day-to-day working life and beyond.

England: losing race to improve children’s health

A report from the RCPCH projected that in 2030 there would be 50% more A&E attendances for young children and young people.

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Life with COPD a passport to better care

Community matron Susan Nyandoro explains how a Devon trust is enhancing continuity of care for those with chronic lung disease.

Conference one-to-one: how are you, dad?

International campaigner for fathers’ mental health Mark Williams shares his story of coming through depression following the birth of his son, and how this experience inspired his fight to raise awareness and bring about change.

News in numbers: November

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers.

England: Birmingham health-visiting service is ‘in Meltdown’, says Unite

Health visitors in Birmingham are handling average caseloads of 500 families – double the figure recommended by the CPHVA and the Institute of Health Visiting.

Wales: ‘whole school’ plan to reform mental health support

The Welsh Government has embarked on a ‘whole school’ approach in the reform of mental health support for young people.

Great Britain: a healthy diet is ‘unaffordable’ to millions of children

Up to 3.7 million children are living in households that cannot afford to eat healthily.

Wales: new records system to paint clearer picture of child health

A new system that ensures every child has an active care record with all their details in one place has gone live.

UK: friends and role models cushion impact of ACEs

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can severely impact on a child’s education and health prospects, but resilience resources such as friends and role models can help lessen the impact, researchers have found.

Risks increase with short birth spacing

Getting pregnant less than 12 months after birth is associated with risks for women of all ages, a study finds.

Holding on to primary healthcare nurses

Sue Randall and Tonia Crawford describe a programme in Sydney, Australia, that helps to recruit and retain community health nursing students.

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