Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association (Community Pract)

Publisher: Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association

Journal description

The Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association (CPHVA) is the UK professional body that represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and other registered nurses who work in a primary or community health setting. With 18,500 members, it is the third largest professional nursing union and is the only union which has public health at its heart. Community Practitioner is the monthly, professional journal of the CPHVA and is sent free to members. It features all the latest news and features of interest to community nurses, along with articles on the professional, clinical and labour relations issues relevant to members.

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Website Community Practitioner website
ISSN 1462-2815
OCLC 38735949
Material type Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publications in this journal

  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 03/2015; 88(3):17-9.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 03/2015; 88(3):45-8.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 03/2015; 88(3):22.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 03/2015; 88(3):26-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Postnatal depression is a significant problem affecting approximately 14.5% of mothers and has the potential for negative long-term consequences for mothers and their children. Previous research suggests that group interventions using cognitive behavioural techniques can be helpful, providing mothers with strategies to address their problems as well as professional and peer support. This paper describes how a therapeutic group was developed by Health Visitors for mothers with postnatal depression in Oxfordshire. It was hypothesised that women who attended the group would feel better able to manage their mood, that their mood would improve and that attending the group would be a positive and supportive experience for them. Formal outcome measures as well as feedback questionnaires were used to evaluate the group and test these hypotheses as well as provide information to improve the service. An overview of the effectiveness of the group is given here, with the majority of women who attended showing improvement in their mood as well as high satisfaction with the content and processes of the course. The findings are discussed and plans for the future are presented.
    Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 03/2015; 88(3):35-8.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 03/2015; 88(3):3.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 03/2015; 88(3):42-3.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 03/2015; 88(3):24.
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    ABSTRACT: The parameters of non-medical prescribing have changed since its introduction in 1994. In July 2000 nurse independent prescribing was introduced, this opened up the opportunity for many practitioners to incorporate this into their practice. The national childhood immunisation programme is an area of practice that has not required the use of independent prescribers. Their skills can provide support to the effective and efficient delivery of the vaccination programme through enabling the work of a mixed skills team. Doncaster in South Yorkshire was one of the Public Health England pilot areas for the secondary school aged children in years seven and eight in 2014. This paper details the use of independent prescribing by a practitioner to sign patient specific directions for health care support workers to administer the nasal flu vaccine to children clearly identified in it. This process required the development and implementation of a clinical skills training package for health care support workers to administer the flu vaccination (FluenzTetra) nasal vaccine. Also governance arrangements needed to be in place to support this change in practice in the delivery of the childhood influenza immunisation programme. This enables nurses and health care support workers to practice safely and within acceptable and legal boundaries.
    Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 03/2015; 88(3):39-41.
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    ABSTRACT: Infant crying is distressing for parents, evoking a range of difficult feelings. Infants who cry often maybe perceived as difficult by their parents, with negative effects on bonding and attachment. Infant crying as a stimulus for child-abuse is also highlighted, as parents' feelings of frustration may provoke harmful responses towards the child. A non-exhaustive literature review was conducted, exploring the impact of infant crying on parents, using CASP tools to support the analysis of twenty qualitative and quantitative studies, published between 2003 and 2013. This paper reports the findings of the review, with a specific focus on the effects of infant crying on the parent-infant relationship. The findings suggest parents may experience anxiety, depression, helplessness, anger and frustration in response to infant crying. Negative effects on bonding and parental perception of the baby are identified. Parents may also experience thoughts of harming their baby, and subsequent feelings of guilt and shame. Universal interventions to help parents prepare for parenthood, and to respond positively to crying are strongly recommended. Opportunities for parents to discuss their feelings towards their infant should be maximised, reducing the impact of infant crying on bonding and attachment. Parents should be empowered to develop strategies and sources of support to help them cope. Early identification of parents experiencing difficulties in coping with infant crying is essential, and risk in relation to potential abuse must be assessed. Health visitors have a key role in providing such support.
    Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 03/2015; 88(3):29-34.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 03/2015; 88(3):11.
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    ABSTRACT: With new developments in electronic and social networking communication methods the way health visitors communicate with clients is rapidly changing. With good governance these technologies can be utilised to enhance the health visiting service and can be an effective way of accessing hard-to-reach families, saving time and resources. This paper presents five years' experience in the use of Facebook between the health visiting team and clients and explains the benefits and potential it offers to health visitors and other community practitioners.
    Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 02/2015; 88(2):28-31.
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    ABSTRACT: The publication of the fourth edition of Health for all children (Hall 4) in 2003 marked a shift in health visiting towards a more targeted service. This paper aims to explore, through the accounts of health visitors, the impacts of this changed policy context for health visiting practice and for the health visiting profession. The study, upon which this paper is based, was a qualitative exploration carried out in one NHS locality with broad socioeconomic diversity. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 16 health visitors. The data was analysed using thematic and narrative techniques. In the study health visitors expressed concerns about the impacts of Hall 4 on health visiting practice, particularly in relation to health visiting expertise and the increase focus on child protection work shaping health visiting practice. In conjunction, health visitors'accounts suggest low morale as a profession.The paper concludes that the impacts of future policy change on health visiting practice must be fully considered; and, measures taken to prepare and support health visitors through periods of policy change.
    Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 02/2015; 88(2):24-7.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 02/2015; 88(2):40-1.
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    ABSTRACT: The quality of services provided to families of twins with special needs [SPNs] was examined in a US-based study. Participants included 30 parents with monozygotic (n=8) or dizygotic (n=22) twin pairs. Parents completed questionnaires containing quantitative and qualitative components addressing the circumstances and challenges surrounding their twins' diagnoses. Areas of unmet concerns included contact withother parents, respite care and grief counseling. Beneficial services included early interventions (e.g., occupational and physical therapy). Several resources were identified as not providing sufficient benefit (e.g., inadequate state resources). These findings underline the need to improve methods by which knowledge and support are disseminated to parents regarding diagnostic information and service availability. Practitioner and service recommendations are provided.
    Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 02/2015; 88(2):32-5.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 02/2015; 88(2):45-7.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 02/2015; 88(2):3.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 02/2015; 88(2):36-8.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 02/2015; 88(2):15-7.
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association 02/2015; 88(2):18-9.