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Roald Dahl Nurses: making a difference and measuring it

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity is working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University on an evaluation project to demonstrate the value and impact of Roald Dahl Specialist Children’s Nurse posts. Project manager Candice Pellet gives us a progress report

A bittersweet birthday for the MMR Jab

It is now 50 years since the measles vaccine was introduced in the UK, and 30 since the combined measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine came on stream. It is estimated that 20 million measles cases and 4,500 deaths have been prevented since 1968. But that success story is under threat.

Healthy children are the country’s future

Last week I came across an article about Ealing Council proposing to cut the budget for its already laughable school nurse (SN) service (23 staff for 50,000 children) by 50%.

PHE week of action will support children and parents

There is plenty to celebrate across nursing and midwifery. It is important we take the time to share our successes and good practice, and to connect with others to hear about the progress they are making and the challenges they face.

Allergy common but not taken seriously

Allergy affects almost 50% of children in the UK. It is the most common and growing chronic childhood disorder. Eight per cent of children now have diagnosed food allergy, causing them and their parents to live on constant alert.

We must remain vigilant on meningitis

Receiving a 'positive opinion' from the Committee for Medical Products for Bexsero, a new vaccine to protect against meningococcal group B disease (MenB), is probably the most significant step forward in the fight against meningitis in a decade.

Olympic fever could boost child health

The Olympic and Paralympic Games will leave a legacy of good health. At least, that's the plan. According to director of public health nursing Viv Bennett, now is the time for nurses to capitalise on our passion for the Games and to 'make every contact co

Nurse vision avoids staff shortage

Last week heralded the publication of the government's 'vision and model for school nursing', delayed by three months but no more inspired for the extra time in development.

Ensuring children have a say in their care

The NSF for children, young people and maternity services; Healthy Lives Brighter Futures; the Kennedy Review: there have been landmark moments in children's health policy over the last ten years.

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