The end of England’s long-running midwife shortage could be in sight, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has said.
However, this is only if government ‘seizes the opportunity’ presented by a ...More
The Family Nurse Partnership has been extended in Scotland for first-time teen parents.
The Scottish Government has pledged to increase FNP places to 2,000 and have at least one team in ...More
Obesity levels among primary school leavers have fallen for the first time in six years, official statistics show.
According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows 33.3% of ...More
Teen pregnancies are on the decline in England, official statistics show.
New figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) revealed there was a drop of 8.4% in the ...More
Physical assaults against NHS staff rose by almost 6% last year, official figures show.
Statistics from NHS Protect shows there was a rise of 5.8% in total reported assaults from 59,744 ...More
NHS hospitals and clinics should become completely smoke-free under new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Smoking shelters and designated smoking areas should all be removed ...More
Hospitals in north Wales are battling against an outbreak of the superbug Clostridium difficile (C. diff).
In October 2013, 47 cases were reported by the Betsi Cadwaladr health board (BCUHB). According ...More
Almost £150 million has been paid out on compensation by NI’s health service over the past four years.
The Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) party leader Jim Allister said he was ‘astounded’ ...More
Just 6% of Local Safeguarding Children Boards are complying fully with government guidance on tackling sexual exploitation.
A report by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner has found the structures tasked ...More
The SNP has launched its ‘mission statement’ for an independent Scotland, putting childcare at its heart.
On 18 September 2014, the Scottish public will be asked to answer yes or no ...More
Steroids given to pregnant mothers to help premature babies develop have been linked to a mental health risk in childhood.
The drugs are often administered to help those babies at risk ...More
More investment in support services for domestic violence victims is needed, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said.
One in nine women are severely physically abused every year in the UK ...More
Parents who buy alcohol for their underage children should face community service, urges a left wing think tank.
In a report published today (Friday 22 November 2013), Demos has demanded the ...More
More than eight in 10 children with cancer now survive, data from Cancer Research UK shows.
The number of children surviving cancer for five years or more has risen from 79% ...More
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is making its antenatal courses shorter and more affordable for busy parents on a budget.
NCT Essentials are said to be ‘more structured’ than traditional NCT ...More
Unite has blasted the government’s response to the Francis report as ‘inadequate’.
While the union welcomed transparent, monthly reporting of ward-by-ward staffing levels, it criticised the Health Secretary for failing to ...More
More than half of children surf the web without any parental supervision, a poll suggests.
An estimated 53% of children go online in their own room, 46% on a games console ...More
The number of midwives specialising in perinatal mental health is set to grow under government plans.
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter announced the increase to help new and expectant mums affected ...More
Paul Gray has been appointed Director General Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland for the Scottish Government.
The current Scottish Government Director General for Governance and Communities ...More
Stoptober has seen almost 14,000 smokers in Wales register for support to give up smoking for 28 days.
The month-long campaign, which was supported by a number of business and organisations ...More
Northern Ireland’s Health Minister has ordered a review into a woman who was forced to leave the country to have an abortion as her baby had no chance of survival.
‘Significant’ public health efforts have been ‘effective’ in slowing down the emerging gonorrhoea resistance risk, it has been claimed.
Total new gonorrhoea diagnoses in England jumped 21% to 25,525 cases in ...More
The resurgence of swaddling has prompted fears of an increase in developmental hip problems in infants.
Swaddling is linked to heightened risk of osteoarthritis and hip replacement in middle age as ...More
The UK is still trailing its European neighbours on female life expectancy, the mortality of under fives and child poverty, a landmark review led by health inequality expert.
‘Best buy priorities’ ...More
An independent report has criticised the NHS for a ‘decade of failure’ in dealing with complaints.
The review chaired by Rt. Hon Ann Clwyd MP and Professor Tricia Hart, Chief Executive ...More
All UK babies should be offered free vitamins to combat the rising levels of rickets, England’s chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has said.
Fears around the disease, which is ...More
A Unite member was among six healthcare professionals honoured for their work in improving outcomes for BME communities at last week’s Mary Seacole Leadership and Development awards.
The awards were created ...More
The goal to halve the number of SIDS deaths by 2020 has been placed in jeopardy by the news the Office for National Statistics (ONS) cannot afford to keep publishing ...More
Parents and teachers don’t know how to deal with cyber bullying, a survey claims.
More than half of young people in England (55.2%) polled admitted they accept cyber bullying ‘as a ...More
Four in ten under 18s have sent sexual images or videos of themselves to others, a ChildLine survey has revealed.
While most images went to a boyfriend or girlfriend, a third ...More
GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) ought to act as ‘bouncers’ on the doors of A&E departments, the chair of the British Medical Association’s GP Committee has said.
Speaking at a Westminster ...More
The NHS isn’t ‘disruptive enough’ to make the efficiency gains required, the chairman of healthcare provider Circle Partnership has claimed.
Speaking at a Westminster Health Forum event in London earlier this ...More
The government’s goal to end child poverty by 2020 is likely to be missed ‘by a considerable margin’, a report suggests.
In its first report, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty ...More
One in five children globally still do not receive ‘basic’ immunisations against the main causes of child deaths, a report shows.
Up to two million child deaths could be prevented by ...More
Almost half of all births in England and Wales are to mothers aged over 30 years old – down slightly from the previous year.
Official figures from the Office for ...More
More than a quarter of people are still unaware smoking is the leading cause of mouth cancer, a poll shows.
The disease kills one person every five hours in the ...More
Almost half the adult population in the UK suffers from mild to severe forms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), it has been claimed.
Official estimates show just 1.2% of the population ...More
Half of women who give birth in hospital claim they did not have the birth they wanted, new research shows.
A survey of more than 1100 Mumsnet users who gave birth ...More
Formula milk is still ‘heavily contaminated’ with aluminium, researchers claim.
It is claimed the amount of the chemical – which is linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease in later life - ...More
Almost two-thirds of nurses are ‘professionally fulfilled’ – higher than the UK average of 62%, a survey shows.
The poll of 2,000 workers from a wide range of different industries also ...More
Mums-to-be should draw up a Wellbeing Plan during pregnancy in a similar way to a Birth Plan to open up discussions around their mental health.
Research into maternal mental health by ...More
Nurses moving from one European country to another will have to meet new patient safety requirements, including checks on their ability to communicate well in English.
European Parliament voted yesterday (9 ...More
Smoking during pregnancy can contribute to long-term emotional problems in young children, researchers claim.
Children whose mothers had continued smoking during pregnancy had smaller brain volumes, with reduced amounts of gray ...More
Healthy babies learn how to anticipate touch while in the womb, new research from Durham University suggests.
4-d scans showed fetuses were able to predict, rather than react to, their own ...More
Thousands of lives could be saved every year if people walked more, a report suggests.
Physical inactivity shortens lifespan by between three and five years and is responsible for 10.5% of ...More
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been accused of bullying NHS staff by threatening to scrap their promised pay rise.
In its submission to the pay review body (PRB), the Department of ...More
A Scottish Health Board has issued a safety warning over brightly coloured liquitabs after seeing cases of babies swallowing the harmful capsules increase.
The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow ...More
Community pharmacies in parts of Belfast are set to provide sexual health advice and free emergency contraception to teenage girls.
The joint project from the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health ...More
Children should be weighed every time they see a health professional according to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).
In order to tackle the country’s growing obesity epidemic, ...More
GP surgeries will soon stay open longer in the evenings as well as seven days a week under new plans set out by the Prime Minister at this week’s Tory ...More
Around 50,000 people attended a ‘Save our NHS’ protest outside the Tory party conference in Manchester yesterday (Sunday 29th September 2013).
Greater Manchester Police said the mile long demonstration organised by ...More
Employers will have to confirm a nurse is complying with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code if they are to be successfully revalidated.
This confirmation is expected to take account ...More
School is the ‘most appropriate’ environment for the identification of mental illness in primary-age children, an academic has claimed.
Writing in the British Medical Journal Dr Simon Williams, a visiting scholar ...More
MMR vaccination among young infants is at its highest level since its introduction in 1988.
Immunisation statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows 92.3% of children reaching ...More
Almost three out of every ten five-year-olds have tooth decay, a survey by Public Health England (PHE) suggests.
Children with decay have on average between three and four teeth affected by ...More
Senior NHS figures have signed a joint letter urging staff to get vaccinated against flu this winter.
Leaders from the Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England called last year’s ...More
A group of organisations have teamed up to launch a campaign in a bid to reconnect children with nature.
Play England together with Play Scotland, Play Wales, the National Trust, RSPB, ...More
An MP has launched a petition to put integrated early years provision at the heart of the post 2015 development framework.
The new framework is set to replace the Millennium Development ...More
Adverts for e-cigarettes have been banned for ‘not making it clear’ the product contains nicotine.
The TV advert for E-Lites electronic cigarettes features a child who performs a dance when its ...More
The Labour party has pledged to raise the amount of free childcare for three and four year olds by 40% to 25 hours a week should they come into power ...More
Unite has called for NHS workers’ annual pay rise to take the form of a consolidated cash sum instead of a percentage increase.
The trade union has ...More
Parents should have their benefits cut if they fail to get their children immunised with the MMR jab, a Labour MP has suggested.
Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham, ...More
More than half of student carers have considered dropping out of higher education as many receive little to no support.
New national research published by the National Union of Students (NUS) ...More
Only the minimum amount of patient information should be shared and there must be strict rules to govern it, the government has said in its official response to the Caldicott ...More
Stop smoking campaigns directed at young people should focus on the positive outcomes of quitting such as having more money and better skin, researchers suggest.
A study funded by the Wellcome ...More
The government has announced a new fast-track leadership scheme offering business experience to recruit more hospital managers.
The programme hopes to engage more senior clinicians as well as fresh talent from ...More
Unite has donated £5,000 to the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal.
Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey handed over a £5,000 cheque to the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal after agreeing to ...More
‘Trusting’ relationships with health visitors help to build parental confidence and promote parents’ trust in their decisions around child and family health.
Research carried out by the National Nursing Research Unit ...More
Councils across England have identified 80,000 of the hardest to help families who will be targeted for intervention by the Troubled Families programme.
It is estimated around 50,000 families are under ...More
The tragic death of Daniel Pelka has highlighted the urgent need for more school nurses and a cap on health visitor caseloads by the time the Implementation Plan comes to ...More
Health visitor students in the North of England appear to have more problems securing jobs than their southern counterparts.
Following Student Health Visitor Question Time events in ...More
Good asthma management during pregnancy is ‘vital’ during pregnancy as poor asthma control can have adverse effects on maternal and fetal outcomes, research claims.
Asthma affects around 10% of pregnant women, ...More
Unite/CPHVA has co-signed a letter calling for updated sex and relationships (SRE) guidance to be published for schools.
The letter, published in The Telegraph, voices concern that many schools ‘are no ...More
Employers must understand health visitors are motivated by a primary desire to make a difference to children and families if they are to recruit and retain more members of the ...More
Children living in deprived areas are ‘much more likely’ to be the victim of an unintentional injury/accident in the home, a report claims.
Around 3.5 million children face poverty and disadvantage ...More
Doctors have blasted the government’s proposal for an extended NHS charging system for migrants and short term visitors as ‘impractical, inefficient, uneconomic’.
They have also warned the move could cause ‘unintended ...More
Children born to obese women face higher risks of early cardiovascular death, a Scottish study suggests.
One in five women in the UK are thought to be currently obese at antenatal ...More
Charity Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) has decided to expand its health programme in schools after research shows children in Northern Ireland are among the least active in the UK.
Campaigners fear cuts by a Welsh health board could jeopardise lives as critically ill babies are forced to be transferred to England for intensive care services.
The North Wales Health Alliance ...More
Children who watch a lot of TV have lower confidence levels than those who exercise regularly, Public Health England (PHE) research shows.
The paper How healthy behaviour supports children’s wellbeing claims ...More
The NHS has lost more than 5,000 nurses since 2010, official figures show.
Data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows there were 348,311 qualified staff working ...More
The number of babies who died from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has fallen by a ‘small, insignificant’ amount, the safer baby sleep charity The Lullaby Trust has said.
Infant mortality ...More
New pilot sites have been announced to widen the scheme of mental health nurses supporting police officers while out on patrol around the country.
The Department of Health hopes the initiative ...More
New government funding will see a return to old family favourites such as hopscotch and hide and seek in a bid to to get more children exercising.
Just a third of ...More
A new Change4Life national campaign to encourage families to establish healthier habits for the new school year has been launched in England.
Public Health England’s (PHE) ‘Smart Restart’ scheme urges parents ...More
Three-quarters of nurses and midwives are not claiming tax relief on their annual Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration fees.
A survey of almost 600 nurses and midwives carried out by ...More
More than two-thirds of parents have signalled they would like to see health visitors and school nurses wear uniforms.
Following a debate on CPHVA’s Facebook page sparked by a member for ...More
Helpful bacteria levels are lower in babies delivered by caesarean section than those born vaginally, a study claims.
The research published online in the journal Gut found C-section infants had lower ...More
Unite has branded the £500m A&E ‘bail out’ a ‘sticking plaster’ that ignores the real NHS privatisation ‘crisis’.
The trade union claims what is really needed is ...More
Measles cases in England continue to fall with 193 cases reported in May 2013 – down from 299 the previous month.
The drop in cases follows the nationwide rollout of the ...More
Adults working in close contact with children should be targeted for immunisation against whooping cough, a New Zealand study claims.
Research published in the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) found ...More
A new national campaign to support staff to maintain ‘general aptitudes’ in English, maths and IT has been launched by the Social Partnership Forum.
Evidence is said to show a strong ...More
Four in ten children wish to play outside more than they do, a survey has revealed.
The poll by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland, found more ...More
New criminal offences should be imposed on healthcare professionals who willfully neglect or mistreat patients, Professor Don Berwick’s landmark report into patient safety has claimed.
The use of the new criminal ...More
The Chief Nursing Officer for Wales will lead work to introduce a measure investigating safe nurse staffing levels as part of the Welsh government’s response to the Francis inquiry.
Proposals outlined ...More
All children aged between two to 17 will be offered the flu vaccine from the end of 2015 in Scotland.
Under the new immunisation initiative, all children aged two and three ...More
Northern Ireland’s health and social care teams have introduced a new electronic care record system to allow a better flow of information throughout healthcare organisations.
The web-based portal integrates acute, community, ...More
A disciplinary case involving the former chief nurse at scandal hit Stafford hospital has been adjourned until the Autumn, it has been revealed.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard that ...More
The world’s largest tobacco company has targeted senior MPs and civil servants in an attempt to derail the proposal for the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes, it has been ...More
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) plans to introduce face-to-face identity checks and a mandatory test of clinical competence for overseas applicants.
The test is likely to take a year to ...More
Alcohol consumption among school-age children has fallen by almost 20% during the past decade, official figures show.
Less than half of pupils (43%) had ever drunk alcohol, compared to 61% in ...More
The first vaccine against meningitis B has been rejected for use in the UK.
The government’s advisory committee the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has ruled there is ‘not ...More
Health visitors and other healthcare professionals must take responsibility for protecting the 30 million young girls around the world still at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) during the next ...More
Plans to axe 60% of the nursery nurse posts in the North West of England could plunge children’s health services into ‘crisis’, Unite warns.
Around 15 full-time positions in areas to ...More
African and Caribbean migrant nurses received Queen Medal Awards in a glittering ceremony in London’s famous Dorchester Hotel.
The awards recognised the contribution of migrants from the Caribbean and African continent ...More
Plain packaging for cigarettes appears to make tobacco ‘less appealing’ and increases the ‘urgency’ to quit smoking, an Australian study has found.
Australia is the only country in the world to ...More
Access to adult content online will be blocked unless people choose to ‘opt in’.
In a speech expected today (Monday 22 July 2013), the Prime Minister David Cameron will warn that ...More
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has set out plans to introduce a new baseline assessment for five-year-old children in school at the start of their reception year.
The Pre-school Learning Alliance ...More
Films showing disabled young people sharing opinions and experiences hope to answer questions young people have but are too afraid to ask.
The series of films ...More
A ‘worrying’ rise in alcohol-related deaths among young women in England and Scotland has been seen during the past decade.
This is despite an overall fall in such deaths in both ...More
MPs and Peers have launched an inquiry into the way the police interact with children and young people.
This inquiry launched today (Wednesday 17 July 2013) will seek to establish whether ...More
The number of families being helped by the Troubled Families programme has gone up ‘ten-fold’ in the past year, it has been claimed.
Recently, the government announced an expansion of the ...More
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt needs to roll up his sleeves and take ‘hand-on’ responsibility for the NHS in the wake of Professor Sir Bruce Keogh’s mortality review results, Unite has ...More
Young gay men should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, sexual health experts have claimed.
The HPV infection vaccination programme began in 2008 in the UK among girls.
The risk of ...More
More primary schools in Wales are trimming their class sizes to a maximum of 30, figures show.
According to the Pupil Level Annual School Census, only 25 of the 4,203 infant ...More
A morning sickness ‘antidote’ being used by pregnant women in Asian and African communities in London has been found to be toxic to humans.
After seizing the product, Environmental Health officers ...More
Cases of measles are on the decline in England but still remain at their highest level for 19 years.
Between January and May 2013, 1,168 confirmed cases of the disease were ...More
The government has delayed making a decision on standardised tobacco packaging following a ‘highly polarised’ consultation.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed the government will wait until the impact of the move ...More
The NHS will ‘not contemplate’ reducing or charging for core services to meet financial challenges, a defiant NHS England report has claimed.
The body has called on staff, members of the ...More
The population’s lack of social and emotional capability is the biggest public health issue facing health professionals today, it has been claimed.
Speaking at a Westminster Social Policy event, Graham Allen ...More
Healthcare assistants should undergo basic training and be awarded a certificate of fundamental care before carrying out unsupervised care.
Staff will then be given the title of ‘Nursing Assistant’ on complete ...More
Unite/CPHVA Facebook users are torn over whether health visitors, school nurses and community nursery nurses should wear uniforms.
Of the 761 members asked their views on uniforms for the community nurse ...More
Going to bed at different times every night may affect a young child’s brain power.
The long-term study also found inconsistent bedtimes may have a knock-on effect for the rest of ...More
Public health research into children’s health and mental wellbeing in Northern Ireland is set to receive a cash boost.
The £9m funding has been awarded to the UKCRC Centre of Excellence ...More
Children’s charity NSPCC has launched an ‘Underwear Rule’ campaign to encourage parents to talk to their children about the risk of sexual abuse.
An online YouGov poll shows half of parents ...More
GP surgeries could be free to charge migrants for health services in a government crackdown on supposed ‘health tourism’.
In a bid to keep the NHS a ‘national’ not ‘international’ service, ...More
One in three five year olds in Wales are overweight, figures from Public Health Wales shows.
One in eight (12.5%) of children in the country are classed as obese.
The prevalence of ...More
Codeine-containing medicines should only be used in children over 12 years to treat acute pain.
Following the completion of a European review, the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said where ...More
Swansea’s measles outbreak has been declared over eight months after it began.
Public Health Wales has announced there have been no confirmed measles cases linked to the outbreak area since 22 ...More
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt dodged MP questions over whether he supported minimum alcohol pricing when facing the Health Select Committee earlier this week.
Conservative MP Dr Sarah Wollaston pressed Hunt on ...More
NHS England is to carry out a ‘strategic review’ over the future direction of the NHS.
The review will set out the issues and challenges in the NHS as well as ...More
The government is looking into producing food labels especially for children.
Speaking at a Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum event in London, confirming the work, Alette Addison, Food Information and Promotions ...More
Brits are consuming around 4% more calories than they were four years ago, it is suggested.
Data from a market research firm has revealed the calorific density of the shopping baskets ...More
Less than half of nurses are ‘happy’ with their work-life balance, research suggests.
This makes them among the least happiest workers in the UK.
A survey of more than 2,000 employees showed ...More
One in five UK NHS staff have been bullied by colleagues in the past six months, it has been claimed.
Furthermore, more than half of staff working in the NHS have ...More
Babies across England will be offered a new vaccination to protect them against a vomiting and diarrhoea bug.
Rotavirus gastroenteritis is responsible for 130,000 visits to the GP and 13,000 hospitalisations ...More
The government's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is putting children's lives at risk on farms by scrapping safety guidance warns Unite.
According to HSE figures, there were 29 child fatalities between ...More
There has been a drop in the number of secondary schools in Scotland meeting PE targets, figures show.
The latest Statistical Bulletin shows there are now 1% less secondary schools in ...More
IVF-based techniques could be made available to help prevent serious mitochondrial disease in the UK, Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has announced.
Mitochondria are the tiny biological power packs ...More
Conference round-up: Public Health Conference: Improving the public’s health: the key roles of nurses and midwives
‘Making every contact count’ was the mantra for the first nurse-focused Public Health England (PHE) ...More
There are more than 1,000 more health visitors employed in the health service than there were in 2010, a Department of Health (DH) progress report on England’s Health Visitor Implementation ...More
The government’s Troubled Families programme will extend to hundreds of thousands more ‘high risk’ families thanks to a cash boost of £200m.
It is hoped the additional funding will extend ‘intensive’ ...More
Children’s charity the NSPCC has launched a new helpline for health professionals seeking information and advice on female genital mutilation.
More than 1,700 girls were referred for treatment after suffering from ...More
Breastfeeding boosts a child’s chances of climbing the social ladder, a study suggests.
Children born in 1958 and 1970 who had been breastfed were found to be ‘consistently more likely’ to ...More
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is in danger of missing out on the government’s £20m grant as it continues to fall far short of its targets.
Currently, only 50% of ...More
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) screening teams may be awarded more powers to close FtP cases earlier as council members are set to review its activity thresholds.
Sarah Page, Director of ...More
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has seen a ‘small’ increase in the number of nursing complaints from the public and employers following the Francis report.
Referrals have rise to 418 ...More
One in three women globally will be the victim of physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime, a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found.
It is claimed violence ...More
Iron supplements are associated with a higher birth weight, a study has found.
Iron doses of up of 66 mg per day have been linked to a reduction in risk of ...More
Jackie Smith has accepted a permanent position as the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Chief Executive and Registrar.
Smith was appointed to a one year fixed term in the position in October ...More
Alternative methods to face down restraint need to be adopted by the NHS as a matter of urgency, Unite has said.
The trade union has a report by mental health charity ...More
Nurses will be expected to foot the bill to subscribe to a service allowing employers to apply for criminal record checks.
The new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) hopes to ‘radically’ ...More
A campaign for ‘tougher’ legislation to establish Scotland’s commitment to health visiting in law has been launched by CPHVA and partner organisations.
CPHVA, together with the Royal College of Nursing Scotland, ...More
A new food labelling system has been given the green light by Public Health Minister Anna Soubry.
The new, ‘consistent’ labels will combine both traffic light colour-coding and nutritional information to ...More
Public bodies should been legally obliged to have ‘due regard’ for children’s rights when making decisions affecting children and young people, a cross party inquiry has found.
It is claimed children’s ...More
Unite’s Lead Professional Officer has been appointed as an ambassador to the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal.
Obi Amadi will assist with fundraising events to help the appeal reach its target ...More
One in nine patients would be ‘reluctant’ to speak out about poor care in their organisation.
Of the 1000 people surveyed by care regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC), 11% said ...More
People born during whooping cough outbreaks are more likely to die prematurely even if they survive into adulthood, a Swedish study has found.
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden found women ...More
‘Major’ gaps in access to mental health services for pregnant women and new mums damage the wellbeing of one in 10 newborn babies.
A report Prevention in mind - All Babies ...More
The Nursing and Care Quality Forum needs to strongly make the case for sufficient and well-trained staffing levels following the Francis report, Unite has said.
Unite’s Lead Professional Officer Obi Amadi ...More
‘Significant’ concerns are being raised over the number of district nurses being educated in England.
Community nursing charity, the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has published a report on the number of ...More
E-cigarettes are to be regulated in a move to increase public confidence in their safety.
Under the ruling, all nicotine-containing products will be regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory ...More
The author of the seminal report into the NHS Mid Staffordshire scandal is ‘in talks’ with Nuffield Trust to undertake a year review into the take up of his recommendations ...More
School nursing services in the North East of England have been served notice by local authorities, Community Practitioner can reveal.
Confirming the news, CPHVA’s North East Regional Chair Carolyn Taylor said ...More
Unite said reports a child was refused a school meal on the grounds his parents owed £1.75 ‘beggars belief’.
Hayes Primary School pupil 11-year-old Jacob was said to be in tears ...More
More than 1,000 sexual crimes against children were recorded last year in NI – the highest number ever, the NSPCC has revealed.
The children’s charity has opened a service centre in ...More
The North of England has a higher risk of death than the south, a new public health websitehas confirmed.
Public Health England’s new tool Longer Lives allows people to see how ...More
More than 95% of GP practices across England have ordered an additional 200,000 MMR vaccine doses.
The national MMR catch-up programme, run by Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and the ...More
The government has decided to scrap its controversial plan to increase childcare ratios.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is reported to have telephoned leaders in the childcare sector earlier this week ...More
Nurses are happier than average with their career progression, research suggests.
A survey of more than 2,000 workers in the UK found 38% were ‘content’ with their career progression compared to ...More
New local patient champions will not have the ‘teeth’ to speak up for children and young people, a mental health charity has predicted.
Speaking at a Westminster Health Forum event on ...More
Young people have ‘poorer’ GP experiences than adults, research suggests.
A report by charity the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has called on the government to provide better paediatric expertise in GP ...More
Child screening software could save the NHS at least £25m a year, pilots suggest.
Software which automates screening for children’s vision, hearing and Body Mass Index (BMI), including administration and referral ...More
A ‘snapshot’ of Scottish snacking behaviour is being launched by the University of Aberdeen.
Volunteers are currently being recruited to find out where, when and why we snack and when we ...More
Former cancer tsar Sir Mike Richards has been named as the new Chief Inspector of Hospitals – a new NHS role created by the government in response to the landmark ...More
Primary healthcare workers are being asked to deliver ‘brief’ advice to inactive patients in new recommendations published by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
Healthcare professionals should use their ...More
Thousands of new mums are being asked to take part in a major survey of maternity services in England.
Around 60,000 mothers will be asked a range of questions including: whether ...More
Prescriptions for alcohol dependency drugs have shot up by around 75% in almost nine years, official figures show.
Around 180,000 prescriptions were written for patients in the community last year costing ...More
The health inequalities gap between rich and poor children may have widened during the past 10 years, it has been claimed.
But the previous government’s policies may have prevented the gap ...More
Sex education programme launched to target teens at risk of sexual exploitation.
The National Children’s Bureau, together with the Sex Education Forum, has been awarded funding from Comic Relief to launch ...More
At least half of student nurses should carry out community placements as part of their nursing training by March 2015, the government’s mandate to Health Education England (HEE) has said.
Monthly meetings to allow nurses to discuss the ‘stresses and dilemmas’ of patient care will be piloted in the community for the first time.
It is hoped the expansion of the ...More
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards already ‘broadly cover’ most of Francis’ recommendations around nursing training.
Council members heard the public should be ‘reassured’ the regulator’s standards ‘particularly’ cover how much ...More
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has started working with other regulators to see how they can better share information.
During its latest council meeting in May 2013, the NMC has ...More
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has agreed the ‘key principles’ of an effective system of revalidation for nurses, it has been announced.
It claims the system will have a ‘positive ...More
The move to hand the power over to European authorities to decide on whether alcohol minimum unit pricing should be introduced in Scotland is ‘flawed’, a government official has said.
The government is unlikely to introduce alcohol minimum pricing in England during this parliament, it has been claimed.
Speaking at the Westminster Social Policy Forum event in London yesterday (Thursday 23 May 2013), ...More
The government has agreed in principle to legal changes designed to make the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) fitness to practise (FtP) process ‘faster, more consistent and more economical’.
Currently, the ...More
Almost 90% of babies born to co-habiting parents will see them split up before they reach 16 years old, a study predicts.
Of the 47% of children born to unmarried parents ...More
Police take a DNA sample from a child every 10 minutes in England and Wales, figures show.
Research by the charity Howard League for Penal Reform has found police officers took ...More
There are no ‘significant’ risks associated with flying during the later stages of pregnancy, it has been claimed.
Many airlines prohibit women who are over 36 weeks ...More
Parents who bed share with young babies face a fivefold increase in the risk of cot death.
This increase is even found in those parents who do not smoke.
Some countries, including ...More
NHS England’s Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson will retire from his post next year, it has been confirmed.
The NHS boss has held the top job in the health service for ...More
Whitehall ‘aloofness’ set to end as staff at the Department of Health (DH) in England have been asked to walk a mile in patients’ shoes.
Civil servants at the DH will ...More
Students at Yale College in Wrexham have launched their annual poster campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and violence against women.
In partnership with Wrexham Women’s Aid and Wrexham Community ...More
Around one in eight university students have admitted to having suicidal thoughts.
A survey of 1,200 higher education students by the National Union of Students also showed 20% consider themselves to ...More
Nursing commutes have increased by a fifth in the past five years, new research shows.
According to data from specialist recruiter Randstad Care, nurses have seen their commutes lengthen by three ...More
Almost 10,000 children aged between five and seven are acting as unpaid carers for family members and guardians, official figures show.
Data from the 2011 census highlights around 250,000 children and ...More
David Cameron has said he is prepared to compromise over proposed changes to childcare ratios.
His words come following Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s concerns over the policy move to increase ...More
The coalition government has failed to deliver on its promise to be ‘family friendly’, a new damning report by the British Medical Association (BMA) has claimed.
The report Growing up in ...More
Children from deprived areas are almost twice as likely to be obese than those in affluent areas.
A trend analysis from Public Health England (PHE) Changes in children’s body mass index ...More
Health visitors and school nurses may end up having to pay up to £1,200-a-year for their own public indemnity insurance under new EU regulations.
Unite said the proposals ‘smack of inequality’ ...More
Healthcare will be fully joined up with social care in England by 2018, Care Minister Norman Lamb has announced.
Integration ‘projects’ are expected to be in every part of the country ...More
A record number of children have been safeguarded from sexual abusers in the past year, figures from a UK child protection agency have revealed.
During 2012/2013, the Child Exploitation and Online ...More
Underweight school children are being ignored thanks to an ‘obsession’ with obesity, a study has claimed.
Researchers from Essex University showcased their study, which involved 10,000 children aged nine to 16 ...More
Voluntary services are to receive a £10m cash boost to better care for homeless people once they leave hospital.
Homeless people are six times more likely to attend A&E than those ...More
New European legislation has come into effect to protect healthcare workers from sharps injuries.
Figures show sharps injuries account for 17% of NHS staff injuries and between 1996 and 2009, the ...More
Rising numbers of children are starting school in nappies in Kent, it has been claimed.
Kent Community Health NHS Trust investigated 18 schools, of which 24 children did not know how ...More
Around 200 nursing students will be placed on paid placements to work as healthcare assistants before starting their degree this autumn to pilot government proposals to overhaul nursing training.
The NSPCC has criticised the ‘outdated’ and ‘ill informed’ comments made by a leading barrister who has called for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 in the ...More
Calls are growing for the government to drop its controversial plan to ‘relax’ childcare ratios after the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has admitted he has doubts over the policy.
Thousands of children’s lives will be put at risk if the government backs down on plans to introduce standardised cigarette packaging, CPHVA has warned.
All eyes will be on the Queen’s ...More
The Welsh government has been accused of two years of NHS ‘failure’ after key A&E, ambulance and cancer targets were missed.
During weekly questions with First Minister Carwyn Jones, the BBC ...More
More than one in seven five year olds in Scotland is clinically overweight or obese, latest figures show.
Official figures reveal 14.9% of primary one children were classified a overweight, obese ...More
Figures from the Audit Office shows the level of absenteeism has dropped among public sector workers yet government targets were still not met.
The majority of employees taking sick leave are ...More
Four in ten schools are offering ‘inadequate’ PHSE education in England, schools regulator OFSTED has found.
The report Not yet good enough investigated PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) lessons in ...More
Close to 80 private sector companies are believed to have turned up to a so-called ‘marketing day’ aimed at re-thinking how community services are provided in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Unite has ...More
Women who conceive through IVF are more likely suffer a greater trauma following a miscarriage than those who conceive naturally, a Hong Kong study has claimed.
Miscarriage occurs in 20% of ...More
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will follow a self-regulation approach to the new personal indemnity insurance requirements.
By 25 October 2013 all UK nurses will be legally required to demonstrate ...More
Referrals to the NMC were down last month as the expected ‘Francis effect’ has so far failed to materialise.
Referrals rose to 357 in February 2013, up from 352 in January ...More
Updates to the UK’s vaccination programme will protect millions more from the effects of flu, shingles, diarrohea and meningitis C, it has been claimed.
However, Unite/CPHVA has warned a lack of ...More
Junk food companies continue to exploit loopholes online in advertising to children.
The Children’s Food Campaign – which the CPHVA is a part of - has criticised the Advertising Standards Authority ...More
Several hundred schools in England may be excluding children illegally, ‘substantially’ affecting the life chances of thousands of children every year.
The Children’s Commissioner for England said the fact ought to ...More
A national ‘catch-up’ programme to up MMR vaccination rates among children and teenagers has been announced.
Health professionals are being asked to seek out all those 10 – 16 year olds ...More
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has insisted the regulator Care Quality Commission is ‘embracing’ its new status as a whistleblowing champion in the face of concern from MPs.
In response to the ...More
NICE is working on developing a tool to calculate minimum staffing levels guidance, the Health Secretary has confirmed.
Despite the government’s response to the Francis report on the Mid Staffs scandal ...More
There is a denial within the NHS to take on board Francis’ recommendations in the same way the Police denied the MacPherson report into institutional racism following Stephen Lawerence’s murder, ...More
The cosmetic surgery industry will be forced to comply with a new advertising code of conduct under new rules set out by the NHS Medical Director.
Following on from the PIP ...More
Almost 3,000 children ‘repeatedly’ went missing from care last year, the NSPCC has revealed.
Police forces in England and Wales reported more than 28,000 runaway incidents with one child vanished on ...More
New training and advice for health professionals to help and support victims of human trafficking has been endorsed by the Department for Health in England.
NHS staff are said to be ...More
The HPV vaccine has been linked with a decline in STIs in women, suggests an Australian study.
Researchers have noted a 'significant' drop in the number of women with genital warts ...More
NICE has produced guidance on the provision of targeted lifestyle weight management services for children and young people for the first time.
Data shows around three in ten children aged two ...More
GPs should lead a public awareness programme to inform parents of the importance of the MMR vaccine, first targeting those whose children have not yet received the jab.
Following Wales’ measles ...More
Labour will establish an independent commission to bring about integration between health and social care.
Without integrated services, it is argued there will be a £29bn gap in the health budget ...More
Daycare body has criticised Children’s Minister Elizabeth Truss for ‘ill-judged’ comments made about ‘chaotic’ nurseries.
Neil Leitch, Chief Executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, said he was ‘astonished’ by reports in ...More
Regulatory ‘holes’ make it too difficult to tell whether there is another Mid Staffs out there, Robert Francis QC has warned.
Speaking at the British Medical Journal's Quality and Safety in ...More
Safeguarding roles should be ‘tweaked’ in order to be fit for purpose for the 21st century, it has been claimed.
Speaking at the NSPCC conference in London yesterday (18 April 2013), ...More
The government will consider developing a set of principles for safeguarding organisations to work together around the needs of families.
Local authority workers, social workers and education and health professionals attending ...More
Child homicides have fallen in England and Wales by 30 per cent since 1981, yet more than one tot a week continues to be killed.
Despite the NSPCC’s ‘first solid evidence’ ...More
Children are seven times more likely than adults to lose out as a result of the introduction of the household benefit cap.
The move, which limits benefit payments to £500 per ...More
Child carers will train school nurses in how best to provide support to young carers in a bid to strengthen the service.
There are around 700,000 young carers in the UK ...More
Mums-to-be who drink up to two units of alcohol a week will not harm their baby, a study suggests.
While research has linked ‘heavy’ alcohol consumption during pregnancy with health and ...More
The Francis report into the Mid Staffs scandal has ‘let the government off the hook’, said former NHS boss.
Writing in the British Medical Journal, ex-NHS Chief Executive Professor David Hands ...More
Routine screening and counselling for victims of domestic violence in primary care settings does not improve their quality of life, a study suggests.
The findings clash with a WHO endorsement of ...More
Unite has called on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to deny reports the NHS will soon be forced to charge patients for care.
Yesterday (Monday 15 April 2013) ...More
England’s smoking ban has been linked to a yearly 5% drop in emergency admissions for asthma.
The country’s prevalence of asthma is one of the highest in the world, affecting almost ...More
The UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) is developing a system of professional revalidation – similar to that of doctors – for all non-medical public health consultants and specialists.
The system is ...More
Scandal hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has been put into administration.
The decision was taken after experts concluded the Trust was neither clinically nor financial sustainable ‘in its current form’.
Life-threatening pregnancy complications can cause post-traumatic stress disorder in dads.
Severe complications, including heavy uncontrolled bleeding, pre-eclampsia and placenta praevia, occur in around 1 in 100 births.
Researchers from Oxford University said ...More
Save the Children has become the latest organisation to express support for the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF’s first-ever global action plan to simultaneously tackle pneumonia and diarrhoea.
Around two ...More
Organ donations have risen by 50% in the UK.
Figures published by NHS Blood and Transplant shows the number of deceased organ donors across the UK in 2012/13 hit 1212, representing ...More
The government has admitted it is off track in its ambition to grow the health visiting workforce by 4,200 in 2015.
Data published in the Health Visitor Implementation Plan Quarterly Progress ...More
School nursing students are being pressured to switch courses to health visiting by Cornwall Hospitals Trust, it has been claimed.
In an email, seen by Community Practitioner, it is claimed the ...More
The overwhelming majority of healthcare assistants support statutory regulation of the profession, according to a survey published by the British Journal of Healthcare Assistants (BJHCA).
Unite said the survey findings show ...More
More than half of mums fear their baby will never wake up yet do not always follow sleep safety advice, a survey shows.
A poll by The Lullaby Trust – previously ...More
The coalition is continuing to fail children by introducing cuts that have ‘profound negative effects’ on young people, UNICEF’s child well-being index shows.
Publication of the research sees the UK move ...More
Hospices across England providing end of life care for children and adults have been offered a £60m government cash injection.
A total of 176 hospices will benefit from the fund – ...More
The measles epidemic in Swansea shows no signs of slowing with around 15 to 20 new cases being confirmed every day.
Numbers of confirmed cases reached 620 and around 60 people ...More
The pharmaceutical industry has agreed to publish payments made to individual healthcare professionals across Europe by 2016.
The commitment comes as the result of a transparency drive by the Association of ...More
One in 12 child daycare settings in England has been deemed ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.
‘Worrying’ Ofsted statistics show that 8% of daycare settings in England inspected under its new framework between ...More
Patients receiving treatment from acute, maternity and mental health services should be given more help to stop smoking, the NHS drugs watchdog has suggested.
Under a new consultation, the National Institute ...More
Increasing potassium levels and cutting down on salt will save millions of people dying from heart disease and strokes every year, studies published in the British Medical Journal suggest.
The World ...More
The Family Nurse Partnership programme will be extended across England, it has been announced.
Health Minister Dan Poulter said the move will allow up to 16,000 of the most disadvantaged new ...More
Public satisfaction in the NHS has risen to a ‘stable’ level following a record drop in confidence last year.
Data from the British Social Attitudes survey shows satisfaction with the health ...More
Proposed changes to sex education in schools will deprive children of ‘basic’ information about reproduction and sexual health, it has been claimed.
The Sex Education Forum has called on the government ...More
The London Assembly has called for more free breakfast clubs for children in the city to tackle food poverty.
A report by the committee A Zero Hunger City – Tackling Food ...More
A whistleblowing hotline for staff in NHS Scotland has been launched.
The National Confidential Alert Line for NHS employees will be run by independent organisation Public Concern at Work and is ...More
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will resume processing applications for overseas registration today (Tuesday 2 April 2013).
The regulator announced a suspension of overseas registration on 1 February 2013 while ...More
GP leaders have called for a delay in the launch of the new non-emergency service NHS 111.
Dr Laurence Buckman, Chair of the British Medical Association’s GP Committee, said NHS boss ...More
Scotland has committed to becoming smoke-free by 2034.
The country is only the third nation in the world to set the ambitious target – meaning it hopes to have less than ...More
More new parents are turning to second-hand goods to try and keep down the costs of raising a family.
A survey by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) showed one in two ...More
The number of children with behavioural and mental health problems has risen in the past five years, teachers claim.
A survey of almost 900 education staff found half reported worse behaviour ...More
Elements of the Health Child programme should be devolved to local government to address the determinants of poor health at a local level.
A report by the Communities and Local Government ...More
Overweight and obese women are more likely to require specialist medical care during their pregnancy due to the increased risk of adverse neonatal and maternal outcomes, it is claimed.
A Belfast ...More
Young children who watch television for three or more hours a day are more likely to display antisocial behaviour in later years.
However, they found excessive time spent on computer games ...More
Taking a long time to fall pregnant may be linked to ‘minor’ neurodevelopmental problems in children, a study suggests.
Research published in the Fetal & Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease ...More
Health Secretary rules out regulation of healthcare assistants claiming it would only serve as a ‘box-ticking bureaucratic exercise’.
Today (Tuesday 26 March 2013) sees the government publish its initial response to ...More
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has seen an increase in the number of referrals so far this year but claims it is ‘too early to tell’ if it is ...More
NMC registration fees will remain at £100 in 2014.
However, post 2015 budget forecasts are based on a further fee rise to £120 during that period.
Council members at the Nursing and ...More
The Nursing and Midwifery Council expects up to 5% of nurses will lose their registration following the new requirement to hold their own professional indemnity insurance (PII).
By October 2013 all ...More
Health visitors should be trained in video interaction to educate mothers on how to interact with their child.
A new report by charity WAVE Trust and the Department of Education (DfE) ...More
A new national panel of independent experts will offer advice to local safeguarding children’s boards (LSCBs) under revised child safeguarding guidance.
Ministers say, the new 97-page Working together to safeguard children ...More
Around 50,000 more children started smoking last year, figures show.
According to Cancer Research UK, an estimated 207,000 children aged 11-15 start smoking in the UK every year.
This figure is up ...More
There is ‘very little’ in the chancellor’s budget to protect children in poverty, a children’s charity has claimed.
In the wake of George Osborne’s fourth budget since ...More
Hundreds of people with a learning disability die ‘needlessly’ every year, it has been claimed.
Research from the Improving Health and Lives Learning Disabilities Observatory estimates around 1,268 children and adults ...More
Two-thirds of councils have had their budgets cut for children and young people’s mental health services (CAMHS) since the coalition government came to power in 2010.
A Freedom of Information request ...More
The NHS’ urgent care system is ‘on the verge of failure’, the head of a Birmingham Trust has warned.
It may even be tipping into ‘frank failure’ already.
Speaking at a ...More
Community practitioners should go into hospitals and ‘pull’ people who are ready to be discharged out, the head of a Birmingham Trust has claimed.
Speaking at a King’s Fund event yesterday ...More
Primary care must become better at managing risk in long-term conditions, it is claimed.
Speaking at a King’s Fund event yesterday (Tuesday 19 March 2013), James Reilly, Chief Executive of Central ...More
MPs have criticised NHS bosses for over relying on staff pay freezes and administrative ‘cop-outs’ in an effort to meet efficiency savings targets.
In its annual review of health and social ...More
The world’s first patient safety programme for primary care has been launched in general practices in Scotland.
GPs and their staff will undertake safety surveys and case note reviews in a ...More
Switching to skimmed or semi-skimmed milk has been linked to obesity in toddlers, a study suggests.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association recommend all children drink low ...More
Health visitors are more confident that the Department of Health’s vision for the profession ‘will be acted upon’ than a year ago, a Unite/CPHVA survey shows.
A poll of 530 health ...More
School nurses in the UK have reported less job satisfaction than a year ago, a Unite/CPHVA survey has shown.
Findings of the poll showed 38.4% of school nurses in 2011 rated ...More
Local authorities need to make more of an effort to slash STI rates and reduce the amount of unwanted pregnancies, Public Health Minister Anna Soubry has said.
Figures show there are ...More
The pay rise of 1% in public sector worker pay is ‘woefully inadequate’, trade union Unite has said.
The government accepted the Pay Review Bodies’ recommendations on base pay yesterday (Thursday ...More
Two in ten infants under the age of 18 months have never been breastfed, a UK-wide survey shows.
In Scotland alone, this number rises to 68% of children who are never ...More
More than one in three GPs tasked with commissioning patient services from next month have financial links to private providers, it is claimed.
Freedom of Information requests by the British Medical ...More
The Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) has urged the government to ‘stand firm’ on its commitment to introduce alcohol minimum pricing amid speculation the move will be abandoned.
The group of leading ...More
New GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will have a legal duty to secure health services for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) under the Children and Families ...More
Winners at the 2013 CPHVA Awards expressed their delight and shock at being recipients of the prestigious awards in London yesterday (Wednesday 13 March 2013).
Taking place at the grand Savoy ...More
The number of single parents has tripled over four decades, official figures show.
According to the General Lifestyle Survey, household size declined from 2.91 persons to 2.35 with the proportion of ...More
New clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will not be required to put all contracts out to competitive tender as the government backtracks on controversial NHS competition clause.
Under the revised regulations laid ...More
Child neglect is not being taken seriously enough, children’s charity the NSPCC has warned.
It is claimed the issue should be treated ‘with the same urgency’ as physical or sexual abuse.
Resistance to antibiotics could see an increase in the number of people dying from minor surgery in the next 20 years, the chief medical officer (CMO) has warned.
In her second ...More
The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned MPs that proposed changes to the ‘damaging’ welfare benefit up-rating bill will hit the poorest children hardest.
A number of leading individuals from all faiths ...More
Toddlers who received free early education in high-quality settings as part of a two-year government pilot ‘perform better’ when starting school at age five, it has been claimed.
The early Education ...More
There is a ‘scandalous’ inverse relationship to the proportion of BME nursing staff holding senior positions within the NHS, the Unite/CPHVA Vice President has claimed.
In an interview with Community Practitioner ...More
‘Huge numbers’ of children in poverty are missing out on free school meals in England, a charity analysis has shown.
Figures from the Children’s Society shows more than six in 10 ...More
Processed meat increases the risk of early death, a study suggests.
The study, published in BMC Medicine, said those who eat a high number of processed meats such as ham, sausages ...More
Wales’ Education Minister has called for the ‘unblocking’ of social networking websites in schools.
In 2006 schools were told to block all social networking sites in schools.
Leighton Andrews now plans ...More
Average childcare costs in England have risen by more than 6% in the last year, a survey shows.
The Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute’s Childcare Costs Survey 2013 ...More
Ministers have blasted the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for not doing enough to protect patients.
The Health Select Committee has tasked the regulator with taking urgent action to improve public ...More
The NHS should hire and fire based on attitude, the Chair of the Health Visitor’s Taskforce has claimed.
Speaking at the Department of Health conference on the Health Visitor programme Sharing ...More
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has revealed plans to extend family nurse partnerships in England.
At a Department of Health conference on the Health Visitor programme Sharing Success, Shaping the Future: ...More
A nursing leader has pledged to look at introducing OFSTED markers to measure health visiting services.
Speaking at the Department of Health conference on the Health Visitor programme Sharing Success, Shaping ...More
Committee left in ‘no doubt’ that stillbirth rate in Wales can be reduced.
Around four babies are stillborn every week in Wales – a statistic that has ‘barely changed’ since the ...More
The government will consider who should be entitled to apply for personal health budgets under an eight-week long consultation launched last week (Friday 1 March 2013).
Ministers claim personal health budgets ...More
The age whereby young children appear to start self-harming is falling, figures show.
It is estimated around one in twelve young people in the UK have self-harmed at some point in ...More
Cases of whooping cough have continued to decrease in England and Wales.
Figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show there were 668 confirmed cases of whooping cough reported in January ...More
Unite/CPHVA remains ‘concerned’ over the lack of clinical advice on offer during the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s FtP screening process.
A recent audit into the regulator by the Professional Standards Agency ...More
The number of GP surgeries offering evening appointments has risen during the past year, official figures show.
Data from the Welsh government shows 94% of GP practices now offer appointments between ...More
A pandemic flu vaccination has been linked to narcolepsy in children in England, scientists have warned.
According to a study led by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) published in the British ...More
Pregnancy rates among under 18 girls are now at their lowest for more than 40 years.
However, the number of pregnancies in the over 30s are on the climb.
Figures from the ...More
By October 2013 all UK nurses will be legally required to demonstrate they have adequate indemnity cover in order to retain their license to practise in the European Union. The ...More
A new tool aimed at determining ‘appropriate’ nursing staffing levels in the community will be rolled out in Scotland.
Health Secretary Alex Neil confirmed the workload and workforce planning tool for ...More
A £75,000 government-funded project to help children at risk of neglect has been launched in Wales.
Neglect accounts for almost half of children with a child protection plan in the country.
Ten nurses still face being struck off the nursing register following the Mid-Staffordshire scandal, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has confirmed.
In a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Chair ...More
The number of health visitors and school nurses working in England has risen steadily throughout 2012.
However, the overall number of hospital and community health service nurses are down slightly on ...More
The number of student nurses and midwives entering degree programmes funded by the Scottish government is set to increase for the first time in four years.
Health Secretary Alex Neil announced ...More
UK governments should offer cash incentives for families to promote children’s health and well-being, a report by a children’s charity has claimed.
The report 'Tackling child poverty and promoting children's well-being: ...More
The number of families struggling to feed their children is on the rise, a survey by the Children’s Food Trust suggests.
An online poll of 253 professionals working with children – ...More
An Early Years Intervention Foundation (EIF) has been created to champion and support the move to a ‘greater use’ of early intervention approaches.
Earlier this month (5 February 2013), the Department ...More
The winners of the CPHVA Awards 2013 have been selected but in true Oscars style are being kept a closely guarded secret until they are unveiled on Wednesday 13 March ...More
Health visitors can have a positive impact on health as long as relationships between the profession and parents are strong, it has been claimed.
A review carried out by the National ...More
More than eight out of ten Scottish parents have reported their health visitor was ‘good’ at giving helpful advice, a major study shows.
Health visitors’ listening skills scored higher among parents ...More
An independent review into how the training and support of healthcare assistants can be ‘strengthened’ has been ordered by the Department of Health in England.
The review will be led by ...More
Babies who are breastfed from within an hour of birth up until six months are up to 15 times less likely to die from killer diseases such as pneumonia and ...More
NHS organisations and local authorities are being asked to sign up to a new national pledge to reduce avoidable child deaths.
The move forms part of the English government’s response to ...More
Unprotected sex has driven up the number of new HIV infections among gay men.
Figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) shows there was a 26% increase in the proportion of ...More
Smoking ban legislation reduces the risk of premature birth, a study suggests.
Researchers from Hasselt University found reductions in the risk of preterm birth following the introduction of each of the ...More
Prevention messages must ‘reinforced’ to those engaging in ‘risky’ sexual behaviours, Northern Ireland’s Health Minister has warned.
Attending the launch of HIV information and advice centre Positive Lives’ new strategic plan ...More
Unite has renewed its call for urgent stronger whistleblowing procedures in the NHS following reports of the ‘gagging’ of an NHS boss over patient safety concerns.
Unite Head of Health Rachael ...More
Unite/CPHVA’s Lead Professional Officer Obi Amadi has been appointed to the government’s health visitor implementation taskforce.
The appointment marks the first time the trade union has had a full-time officer on ...More
Over 78,500 children are estimated to have started smoking since the government’s consultation on standardised tobacco packaging ended.
According to predictions by the Smokefree Action Coalition, 430 children take up the ...More
Obesity leads to a lack of vitamin D in the body, a study suggests.
Researchers from University College London’s Institute of Child Health used genetic markers derived from around 42,000 participants ...More
A group of NHS national bodies have been asked to see if it is possible to reduce bureaucratic burdens in the health service by a third in the wake of ...More
UK government officials have reassured consumers there is no public heath risk facing those who have eaten food products contaminated with horsemeat.
Horsemeat has been found in several branded and supermarket-owned ...More
Cancer Research UK is sending examples of colourfully designed cigarette packets to MPs to highlight the tobacco industry’s “sophisticated” marketing techniques aimed at children and young women.
The government is currently ...More
Confirmed cases of measles are at an 18-year high in England and Wales, figures show.
Thanks to “prolonged outbreaks” of the disease in Merseyside and Sussex, as well as “several smaller ...More
Territorial health boards across Scotland will be tasked with making efficiency savings “in excess” of 3%, the government has announced.
The £12bn 2013-14 health budget shows health boards are set to ...More
Doctors could be failing to identify underweight children, a study suggests.
Pediatricians working in more than 170 hospitals in England and Wales were found to have “poor knowledge” in spotting underweight ...More
The Welsh government has invested more than £82m to train new healthcare professionals in a bid to boost its health visiting service.
It is promised around 2,000 new students and 6,100 ...More
The length of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) investigations now take on average 12 months less than they did two years ago.
Last month (31 January 2013), the NMC Council heard ...More
Many people underestimate their alcohol intake by up to 40%, according to new figures published by the Department for Health in England.
A recent Health Survey for England has highlighted ‘underestimations’ ...More
New parents should be allowed to share up to a year’s leave from work to look after their new-born children in England, the government has proposed.
Under the Children and Families ...More
People with diabetes across Scotland are to receive new ‘foot checks’ as the latest figures show more than 1,350 Scots have lost a leg due to the illness.
The new checks ...More
Less than a quarter of parents keep medicines and cleaning products safely locked away from children, a survey shows.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) claims almost three-quarters (73%) of parents ...More
New online health assessments will be introduced in Wales to support people aged over 50 to have greater control over their health and wellbeing.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said the Programme ...More
Unite has called for the NHS chief to resign in the wake of the long-awaited damning report into the Mid-Staffordshire scandal.
The 31-month long public inquiry, chaired by Robert Francis QC, ...More
Child safety charity the NSPCC has warned of an e-safety ‘timebomb’ as ‘sexting’ and online pornography are now being used regularly by many teens.
The charity claims new research puts ...More
Testing for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has been incorporated within the Northern Ireland Cervical Cancer Screening Programme, it has been announced.
The HPV immunisation programme was first introduced in 2008 and ...More
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has defended parents’ right to smack their children, it has been reported.
The Tory MP told The Mail on Sunday he “was not opposed” to smacking young ...More
Whooping cough cases in England and Wales are on the decline for the second month in a row, figures show.
According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), there was 832 confirmed ...More
Mothers-to-be taking a certain type of antiepileptic drug place their unborn children at a “significantly increased” risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, it has been claimed.
A study, published in ...More
The NHS is heading towards a “perfect storm of confusion” when the health reforms go live on April 1, the incoming chair of the National Institute for Health and Clinical ...More
South London Healthcare NHS Trust is to be dissolved, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.
As it stands, the troubled trust is said to be losing more than £1m every week ...More
Scotland’s health visiting capacity needs to be reviewed to ensure the “ongoing sustainability” of the workforce, it has been claimed.
In a joint briefing by Unite/CPHVA, the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, ...More
A public debate over whether to limit the scope of publicly-funded NHS services is needed as it is estimated health and social care spending could account for half of all ...More
Alcohol health campaigners have slammed the drinks industry’s “sinister” attempts to block minimum alcohol unit pricing in England.
In response to the government’s consultation on its Alcohol Strategy, the Wine, Spirit ...More
“Short-sighted” NHS efficiency savings may lead to a “significant” rise in abortions and sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates in the UK, a report claims.
It is claimed restrictions to contraception and ...More
More NHS frontline staff than ever have been vaccinated against flu during this year’s winter season in England, official figures show.
According to the Department of Health, a record 44% of ...More
Individual childminders and nursery staff in England will be allowed to oversee a greater number of children, thanks to the early years education minister “relaxing” child ...More
Soft drink brands have pledged to cut their sugar and calorie content by up to 10% under the government’s Responsibility Deal.
Speaking at the Food and Drink Federation’s ‘Delivering Healthy Growth’ ...More
Children were the hardest hit by the swine flu pandemic in 2009, a study has revealed.
Almost half (47%) of children aged five to 19 years old showed signs of having ...More
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates hospitals, care homes and GP practices, needs to make it easier for the public to raise concerns about poor service in the NHS, ...More
David Prior is to be the new chair of the Care Quality Commission. David is currently Chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
David Prior said: “I ...More
Money should be redirected into frontline school nursing posts to combat the obesity problems affecting school children, Unite has said
Unite, which embraces the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association, was ...More
Proposals to break away from the NHS national pay system, Agenda for Change, are being considered by trusts across the country.
NHS Employers backed by the government are looking at ways ...More
Junior health minister, Dr Dan Poulter was today (Wednesday, 7 November) accused of snubbing health visitors and community nurses by making a speech of about five minutes at their annual ...More
The proposed breaking-up of the debt-ridden South London Healthcare (SLH) NHS Trust will herald job losses amongst staff and the onward march of privatisation in the NHS, Unite, the largest ...More
Research commissioned by UNICEF UK reveals that low breastfeeding rates in the UK are costing the NHS millions of pounds. The report, Preventing Disease and Saving Resources, takes an ...More
Nine out of ten people could be vitamin D deficient, with nearly two thirds severely lacking, according to new figures. The findings, announced ahead of a major national awareness campaign, ...More
School nursing students are being asked to switch courses to health visiting by Cornwall Hospitals Trust, it has been claimed.
In an email, seen by Community Practitioner, it is claimed the ...More
Soft drink brands have pledged to cut their sugar and calorie content by up to 10% under the government’s Responsibility Deal.
Speaking at the Food and Drink Federation’s ‘Delivering Healthy Growth’ ...More
Soft drink brands have pledged to cut their sugar and calorie content by up to 10% under the government’s Responsibility Deal.
Speaking at the Food and Drink Federation’s ‘Delivering Healthy Growth’ ...More