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.

Feedback: awards and activity

Members of the CPHVA executive share highlights of 2018, Mary Seacole winners are announced, and a conference MacQueen Bursary award winner offers a reflection.

It’s your turn…

The CPHVA Education and Development Trust is pleased to announce the MacQueen Bursaries for 2018-19 are open. There are currently two categories of bursary for Unite-CPHVA members:

The big question: how can we highlight the value of the public health nursing team?

This month we ask: How can we highlight the value of the public health nursing team?

Research: the role of the HV in accident prevention

Ruth Rushton, Mike Bellis and Deborah Haydock carried out a study to highlight health visitors’ training, knowledge, attitudes and practice in preventing accidents. 

Nursing and midwifery numbers rising

In the past year the number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK has increased by almost 4000, the NMC reports.

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.

Scotland: Government promises 250 new school nurses

As touched on last issue, funding for 250 extra school nurses has been promised to improve mental health provision in Scotland. As part of her Programme for Government, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said £250m would be spent improving mental health services over the next five years.

Northern Ireland: Scottish agency nurse bill trebles in three years

Trusts have spent almost £12m on hiring staff from a Scottish nursing agency in the last financial year.

England: trusts to sell off hundreds of NHS properties

More than 700 plots of land or buildings have been earmarked for sale across England by NHS trusts, prompting fears that the funding crisis is forcing a mass sell-off.

Getting serious about staffing

James Lazou, research officer at Unite, considers the prospect of a long-term NHS workforce plan.

Your journal needs you!

Have you been working on a research paper that you would like to see published?

Feedback: conference special 2018

What did you take away from the Unite-CPHVA annual professional conference this year? We spoke to some of you to find out…

Feeling stuck? Get creative!

Lab4Living looks at how to enhance the innate design and problem-solving skills of community practitioners. 

HV caseload crunch

Dave Munday, lead professional officer at Unite, looks at how inflated caseloads are causing health visitors in England to struggle.

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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.

SUDI: the bitterest loss

The number of unexpected and unexplained infant deaths has plummeted since the 1990s, but making further reductions now requires more intense and targeted work, writes journalist John Windell.

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