International Nurses' Day - Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): The Contribution of Health and Care Professionals by Joanne Bosanquet

“We have reached a critical point and must act now on a global scale to slow down antimicrobial resistance” – Professor Dame Sally Davies, UK Chief Medical Officer (2014) As health and care professionals we have witnessed the miraculous benefits …

International Day of the Midwife 2018 - Smoking in Pregnancy - by Jane Scattergood

Smoking during pregnancy is harmful to both the mother and their unborn child.  It is the main modifiable risk factor associated with a range of poor pregnancy outcomes. Although rates are lower than in the past, just under 11% of …

Reducing unintentional injuries in children and young people by Sheena Carr

We all want to keep children safe wherever they are and we know that accidents are most likely to happen to children in the home and on the roads.  Healthcare and other professionals have an important role to play in …

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day - Wendy Nicholson and Eustace De Sousa

On 18th March it was National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.  The day is now extended across the week to maximise awareness.  The week  highlights the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE): encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out …

Safe sleeping – supporting parents - Wendy Nicholson

This week it is the Lullaby Trust’s ‘Safer sleeping’  week –  the week aims to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and  evidenced advice on how parents  can reduce the risk of it occurring. SIDS is multi-factorial. However, …

Leading Change, Adding Value ‘3 commitments 3Ps’ - Viv Bennett and Jane Cummings

As the Chief Public Health Nurse and Chief Nursing Officer we are passionate about maximising and valuing the role of nursing, midwifery and care staff to improve health outcomes for individual people and at the population level. This is set …