Embedding equality

Dr Habib Naqvi on the NHS Race and Health Observatory’s unique position to scrutinise the NHS and overturn deep-seated racial inequalities.

LGBTQ+ equality in critical condition?

Before the pandemic, LGBTQ+ people were marginalised in healthcare. Anna Scott asks if the situation has deteriorated.

Shattered: can the UK’s health recover?

Some 20 months after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK, the damage to the population’s health is already becoming apparent – and it’s looking rather unequal. Journalist Jo Waters explores the impact and way forward.

HIV: where are we now?

Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the latest in the global fight against HIV and AIDS, from modern treatments and the impact of Covid-19 on the HIV-positive population to tackling the ongoing stigma still associated with the virus.

ASD symptoms reduced after early interventions

Pre-emptive interventions given to young children showing early signs of autism led to a statistically significant reduction in the severity of autistic behaviours.

FASD affects millions in the UK

A University of Salford study shows that 1.8% to 3.6% of young people may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) after being exposed to alcohol in the womb.

Could early adulthood depression lead to dementia?

A new study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests depression in early adulthood could be a risk factor for cognitive impairment, including dementia, in later life.

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