Funding boost for QNI community nurse support line

The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s TalktoUs telephone listening service has received a major funding boost from new charity Covid-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA).

England: Unite says NHS reforms fail to address funding and recruitment

The Department of Health and Social Care set out legislative proposals NHS reforms in February in a white paper.

The power of words

Important reflections, emotional support and more honours.

Covid lessons: allies against inequality

Asha Day asks what lessons have been learned about health inequities during the pandemic, and what changes in risk assessments, vaccinations and structural racism are still needed. 

Scotland: interim pay rise for NHS Scotland agenda for change staff

Employees will receive an interim pay increase of 1% ahead of the final 2021-22 pay settlement, recognising ‘an exceptional year of significant pressure’. 

England: health workers face unequal COVID risk says Marmot review

In his latest report, Sir Michael Marmot says England entered the pandemic in a poor state of health, with inequalities already rising.

A record number of people apply to nursing courses

Total applications to UK universities for nursing courses have risen by almost a third (32%), according to figures published by UCAS.

SCPHN training: the big switch

SCPHN learning changed beyond all recognition last year. Nicola Rooke discusses her experiences of undertaking the safeguarding module virtually, and recommendations for safeguarding training for newly qualified HVs.

Northern Ireland: PHA calls for your views on suicide prevention services

A pre-consultation for suicide prevention and post-vention services has been launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA). 

Healthcare apps: it's good to chat

Caroline Palmer on how text messaging healthcare app ChatHealth has come into its own, and how community practitioners can embrace digital too.  

Community Practitioner Readership survey 2021

It’s once again your chance to help shape your award-winning professional journal…

Securing the digital future

Helene Feger of the Professional Record Standards Body on the rapid rise of online consultations and the greater scrutiny needed to keep healthcare safe and accessible. 

England: is digital inclusion the key to tackling health inequalities?

Tackling the ‘digital divide’ is vital in order to reduce health inequalities, concludes a three-year NHS Digital project trialling digital technology with disadvantaged communities.

Negative attitudes limit sexual health of over-45s

Negative attitudes towards older people’s sexual activities and limited awareness of available healthcare are associated with increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections, a report has found. 

Scotland: staff survey reveals pride in the face of adversity

The Everyone Matters Pulse Survey gathered responses from 83,000 members of staff across Scotland’s 22 health boards and 30 health and social care partnerships.

Professions join forces for worried new parents

Paediatricians, health visitors and GPs have collaborated to produce guidance for parents worried about their new baby.

Northern Ireland: Healthy child, healthy future is published

The Department of Health has published Healthy child, healthy future: health review statistics for Northern Ireland 2019/20.

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