News in numbers: February 2020

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

One-to-one: why not you?

Meet one of your new vice-presidents… Professor Gina Awoko Higginbottom talks to Aviva Attias about her career, inspirations and well-earned wisdom.

England: student nurses to receive grant of at least £5000 a year

All nursing and midwifery students on courses from September 2020 are to receive a payment of at least £5000 a year towards living costs which they will not need to pay back.

Scotland: UK’S first integrated health and social care workforce plan

Increased nurse training and recruitment in Scotland are among the steps set out in the first integrated health and social care workforce plan in the UK, which will try to meet growing service demand.

Wales: awareness of ACEs is strong – but not the confidence to help

Public sector workers have a good awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and can identify opportunities for improvement, a Public Health Wales (PHW) survey has shown.

Rights at work: picking up the pieces in 2020

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, looks at the prospects for community practitioners following the election result last year.

A personal reflection

Ruth Oshikanlu, Queen’s Nurse and nurse entrepreneur, reflects on her personal successes of 2019, how this will help the profession, and the posisitve events to come in 2020.

Scotland: mental illness top cause of millions of staff sick days

Poor mental health is one of the main reasons NHS staff are on sick leave in Scotland, new figures reveal.

Stop falling numbers of ‘vital’ school nurses, says RCOG

Invest more in school nurses and reverse the fall in their numbers. That is the new recommendation from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

England: £40m to speed up slow NHS computer logins

NHS staff spend a ‘ridiculous’ amount of time logging in to multiple computer systems, but a £40m investment in frontline technology is set to ease their frustration.

Finally - HV strike success

Following the long-running dispute with their county council employers, Lincolnshire HVs began the New Year with significant pay awards, with most taking up upgraded contracts and increased pay. Journalist Juliette Astrup takes a look at the dispute from its very beginnings.

Menopause at work: time for change

Three in five women aged 45 to 55 going through menopause say it has negatively impacted them at work. Journalist Linsey Wynton looks at what needs to change.

There’s still time!

The CPHVA Education and Development Trust is pleased to announce that the deadline to apply for a MacQueen Bursary for 2019-20 has now been extended to April.

Student learning in community experience: SLICE project

Zoe Clark, Cameron Cox, Mary Brady and Jayne Price gathered children’s nursing students’ experiences of community practice placements to develop the best possible online resource.

Help for HVs facing fitness-to-practise proceedings

Nurses, midwives and nursing associates involved in fitness-to-practise (FtP) proceedings can now access a new, free and confidential support service.

England: mother and baby app used by local maternity systems

The Mum & Baby app designed in London that provides women with information throughout pregnancy and new motherhood is being picked up by services across England.

Helping teens: the big initiative

Neil Degg, managing director of The Training Hub, explains how his new – and free – project is inspiring young people to make better life choices.

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