Thousands of long Covid cases could be averted if teens get two jabs

30th September 2021

Giving children two doses of a coronavirus vaccine could potentially prevent thousands of cases of long Covid, a new study has suggested. Children as young as 12 in the UK are now eligible for their first shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. However, vaccination experts are yet to advise if and when children should get the full course – or…

New Public Health Scotland data reveals teenage pregnancy rate reaches record low

14th July 2021

Scotland’s teenage pregnancy rate has reached a record low, new figures have revealed. The number of women under 20 who became pregnant fell for the 12th year in a row, to stand at 3,814 in 2019 – a drop of almost 60% from the 9,362 teen pregnancies recorded in 2007. And for the first time, more than…

Jamie Carragher has called on the government to change the law to make life saving defibrillators mandatory in all schools

9th July 2021

The former Liverpool defender has thrown his support behind a campaign led by Mark King, whose 12-year-old son Oliver died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) in March 2011. Carragher, who grew up in Bootle, has now called on Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Health and Education, to meet him in Westminster to discuss making defibrillators mandatory…

BSA Group launches new health and wellbeing association

6th July 2021

  The BSA Group is launching a new membership association to champion health and wellbeing education in schools, colleges, universities and workplaces. The Health in Education Association (Hieda), which will officially launch at the beginning of September 2021, will help to address core aspects of health and wellbeing education in education and work settings, such…

Schools to be able to decide on Covid rules from September under Welsh Government plans

28th June 2021

Schools and councils will be able to decide for themselves the rules around major issues like mask-wearing and self-isolating under new Welsh Government plans. Speaking at the Welsh Government press conference today, education minster Jeremy Miles said that “best practice” needed to be in place to make sure there was not a “disproportionate number of learners self-isolating”….

Charity launches book of stories about school nursing written by nurses

21st June 2021

Community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched a book of stories on school nursing that have been written by school nurses themselves. The book – titled School Nurse Stories: Health and care for children, young people and families – features 19 different case studies. The QNI said it demonstrated the “vast range” of work…