Lincolnshire health visitors continue to strike

Health visitors employed by Lincolnshire county council are stepping up their campaign with more strikes planned in a dispute over pay conditions.
 

New parents still not being seen

Around 25% of new parents are missing out on mandatory health visits, which may increase the risk of mental health issues, experts believe. 
 

Northern Ireland health and social care in crisis

Political leaders in Northern Ireland are being held responsible for the worst waiting lists in the UK. 
 

NQHV: Time for a change

My student health visitor journey began in May 2017.

Rights at work: it pays to get involved

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, gives a flavour of the latest pay update and encourages you to become a job evaluation expert in your local area.

Wales: New courses allow healthcare staff to train while working

Healthcare staff in isolated parts of Wales are to benefit from a ground-breaking initiative that will allow them to enrol in distance-learning nursing programmes without leaving their jobs.

England: Interim NHS people plan published to deliver larger workforce

Plans for how people working in the NHS will be supported to deliver the Long term plan have been published by NHS England, NHS Improvement and Health Education England (HEE).

Northern Ireland: Consultant-led waiting list times continue to rise

‘Sustained investment’ is needed to tackle waiting list backlogs, Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has said, as the latest figures reveal another significant increase.

Northern Ireland: Pharmacies to promote key public health messages

Key advice on public health issues is now even easier to access through a new ‘Living Well’ service at community pharmacies in Northern Ireland (NI).

Closing the word gap

Wendy Nicholson MBE explains how Public Health England and the Department for Education are working to equip socially disadvantaged children with the speech, language and communication needs they require to fulfil their true potential.

Feedback: moving messages

Celebrating and supporting breastfeeding, and details of how to get involved in your professional journal.

Threats of strike action over pay

A total of 57 health visitors employed by Lincolnshire County Council are to be balloted on strike action in a dispute over their pay conditions.
 

Care in the community

CEO of Carers UK Helen Walker explains how you can help connect unpaid carers to the support they need this Carers Week.

A Systematic review of the effectiveness of infant massage programmes in improving mother and infant attachment and dyadic attunement.

Rebecca Balakrishna, Melanie Teixeira, Jane Meyrick and Roxanne Hart sought to answer this question with a systematic review of the evidence from studies across 36 years.

NQHV: on the right path

I was under no illusion about how challenging the role of a health visitor would be, having previously worked as a Band 5 health visiting staff nurse.

Profession at crisis point as caseload rises

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, calls for action on numbers of health visitors and urges CPs to ask branches for support in attending conference.

Voice of a student: ‘Changing my career, one step at a time’

Ceriann Howard, Full-time specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) – health visiting student Cardiff University

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