NQHV: the bigger picture

The transition to health visitor was difficult – the pressure of the responsibility is huge.

April feedback: opportunity knocks

This month is full of chances to be recognised for your work and get ahead. Here’s a round-up...

Big question: what are your concerns about the workforce in your profession?

This month we ask: What are your concerns about the workforce in your profession?

24 hours with Chris Sweeney

Chris is an HV from Glasgow. He is on his third assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières, as the nursing activity manager in Ethiopia.

Northern Ireland: more than 6500 attacks on NHS staff in 2018

More than 6500 nursing staff and healthcare workers were attacked last year, according to figures released by Northern Ireland’s five health trusts.

Scotland: shortage of paediatric doctors endangering children’s health

A shortage of paediatric doctors is putting children at risk, warns a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

England: stress and bullying push staff wellbeing to five-year low

Wellbeing levels have hit a five-year low in the NHS, with two in five staff feeling sick from stress last year, according to the NHS staff survey.

Conference tickets on sale and call for abstracts

We're delighted to announce that registration for the Unite-CPHVA 2019 Annual Professional Conference is now open. This year's event will be held in Harrogate on 16 to 17 October, 2019.

Scotland: HVs bumped up to Band 7 are paid £5k more than rest of UK

New health visitors will be paid ‘significantly more’ than their counterparts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, under a new deal negotiated by healthcare unions.

Rights at work: a road to nowhere?

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, takes us through the reaction to the NHS long-term plan from Unite and community practitioners.

Are HV caseloads adding up?

As one member crunches caseload numbers, another looks at data protection and the Named Person, and we highlight the HVs named in the New Year’s Honours list.

Wales: staff training budget increases for fifth year in a row

The Welsh Government is to increase its investment in education and training for healthcare professionals in the next financial year by £7m – its fifth consecutive annual rise.

Scotland: £4m to drive CAMHS recruitment

Another 80 staff in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) will be recruited in Scotland following a £4m investment.

Waking up to the child sleep crisis

As sleep issues in children increase and parents struggle to access specialist sleep services, how can CPs best support families? Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

The lay of the land

Community practitioners working in remote and rural areas face a rather different set of challenges from those in town. Journalist Radhika Holmström investigates country CP life. 

Shining a light

Health visitors working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales face a range of both unique and shared challenges that are impacting practice. Journalist Anna Scott highlights the reality across the UK.

The right move?

Dawn Loman, senior lecturer in SCPHN, asks what influences nurses to hang up their uniforms and become health visitors.

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