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.

Rights and responsiblities

Natalie Sammons looks at the legal and ethical role of the health visitor when dealing with non-engaging families.

Making the most of remote learning

James Salmons and colleagues describe running a remote public health nursing placement for pre-registration students and look at the experiences of placement providers, institutions and learners themselves.

One to one: shaking the shackles

Emily Aklan, the driving force behind the Hope Instead of Handcuffs campaign, talks about the worryingly prevalent but little-known issue of using restraints on children in care.

Wales: winter plan aims to keep essential services running

The Winter Plan will help ensure emergency care is able to cope and minimise disruption to planned care, the Welsh Government has said.

New advice to help the terminally ill’s final conversations

A new guide for health professionals has been produced to support terminally ill parents in having conversations about end of life with their children.

Scotland: £300m to increase NHS and social care capacity this winter

The Scottish Government has unveiled an investment of over £300m in hospital and community care.

New agencies for an era of tackling health inequalities

The pandemic has clearly shown the importance of having a strong public health system, says the UK Government. As Public Health England is replaced, the new UK Health Security Agency will have a ‘laser-like focus’ on health protection.

Northern Ireland: minister’s workforce appeal to ease hospital pressures

An urgent workforce appeal has been launched by health minister Robin Swann to keep important surgery happening this winter.

Scotland: ambitious plan to improve women’s healthcare a UK first

The Scottish Government has published a Women’s Health Plan to improve women’s health and reduce inequalities, making Scotland the first UK country to do so. 

More than 2000 respond to NMC standards review

The NMC consultation, ‘Building on ambitions for community and public health nursing’, closed in August. It sought views on proposed new proficiency standards for specialist community and public health nursing (SCPHN), which were last updated 15 years ago.

Scotland: frontline health and social care workers shape vaccinations

A report from Public Health Scotland (PHS) has revealed the views of frontline health and social care workers towards the Scottish Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Wales: NHS safeguarding kept vulnerable safe during pandemic

A report from Public Health Wales (PHW) explains how the NHS Wales Safeguarding Network continued its vital work during the pandemic.

Strength in numbers

Michelle Thomas, David Pontin and Carolyn Wallace on establishing a health visiting community 
of practice in Wales to support family resilience.

Conference and AGM 2021: leading the way

The Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference is back for 2021, but continuing in a slightly different format.