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.

England: PHE guidance on delivering Covid-19 vaccine

Public Health England (PHE) published new guidance at the end of November 2020 to support health and social care workers in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine.

What lies ahead? The future of practice after Covid

Regardless of how much we dare to hope the beginning of the end of the pandemic is in sight, its ripple effects on the UK’s health and their implications for CPs are just starting. Journalist Anna Scott asks if Covid-19 has changed the professions’ methods forever.

The Covid crunch: impact on economy and health

The UK entered its first recession in 11 years in August. Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the impact on families and children, and on services and community practitioners themselves.

Mental health impact of pandemics on healthcare staff

Researchers have looked at how treating patients in past pandemics affected the mental health of frontline staff.

Public put NHS pay above waiting times, says report

The British public say better NHS pay and working conditions are a greater priority than addressing their own needs, such as reduced waiting times, according to charity Engage Britain.

England and Wales: new advice to improve immunity through exercise

Advice for healthcare professionals promoting exercise as a way of supporting immune function has been launched in response to Covid-19.

Rising numbers take district nurse qualification

The number of new students who started a district nurse specialist practitioner qualification (DN SPQ) programme in 2018-19 rose to 693, an increase of 34 students (5%) since 2017-18. 

England: supporting children and families is a frontline activity

Health visitors and school nurses should continue to support children and families over the winter and not be redeployed, says a letter from the Local Government Association, NHS and Public Health England to directors of nursing.

Northern Ireland: children’s services a priority in pandemic, says minister

Health minister Robin Swann has outlined the Department of Health’s plans to give children the care they need during the Covid-19 crisis.

Race, gender, disability affects NMC outcomes, new report finds

Nurses and midwives on the NMC register are treated differently depending on their protected characteristics, according to a new report.

A new virtual reality: Unite-CPHVA conference

Introducing the Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference and AGM 2020 – virtual style, and a word of thanks.

Tribute to Mary Seacole

A look at the life and legacy of the heroic nurse who bravely helped soldiers during the Crimean War, and still inspires others.

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