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In this section you can catch up on all the latest news from SAPHNA and around the profession.

Childhood Flu Programme: Information For Healthcare Practitioners

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, August 05, 2018 -

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Obesity, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Primary Schools

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, August 05, 2018 -

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Youth Violence Commission Interim Report

Cherylynn Wray - Wednesday, August 01, 2018 -

The weblink for the interim report is:

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PHE Vaccine Update - Weblinks to the Latest School Publications

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Integrating Population Health into Nursing Curricula Seminar and Webinar - 30 August 2018

Cherylynn Wray - Wednesday, August 01, 2018 -


Integrating Population Health into Nursing Curricula: Harnessing the Opportunity of the New NMC Standards for Registered Nurses


The new NMC standards offer an opportunity to rethink nursing curricula to ensure that population health is integrated throughout the curriculum. Join us for a webinar exploring recent research, conducted by an Edinburgh Napier University team, including ERASMUS students and Fulbright Research Scholar, Prof. Kathie Lasater to hear how others from a range of perspectives (academic, civil service, regulatory, student) are thinking about the challenge of embedding population health in nursing education. Then, share your thoughts on how we can make sure our students are prepared to meet the needs and improve health outcomes of future populations.


Date: 30 August 2018

Time: 15:00-1630 (UK time)

Place: Sighthill Campus or online via Facebook Live


Places are available to participate in-person at Edinburgh Napier University or via Facebook.


Please indicate your attendance using the following links:


In-person at Sighthill:

Facebook (details will be emailed to those signing-up nearer to the event):

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SAPHNA Conference 2018 Presentations

Cherylynn Wray - Wednesday, August 01, 2018 -

Presentations from the Conference including the workshops held during the afternoon of the 12th June 2018:    Read More

Government Response To Consultation On Transforming Children And Young People's Mental Health

Cherylynn Wray - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 

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NCMP Trends In Children’s Body Mass Index 2006/07-2016/17: Slide Set Presentation

Cherylynn Wray - Thursday, July 26, 2018 -

PHE Risk Factors Intelligence has produced a slide set presentation of trends in children’s body mass index 2006/07-2016/17 using National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data. It shows that the proportion of children in Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) with severe obesity has reached the highest point since records began and that stark health inequalities continue to widen. It also shows an upward trend of excess weight, obesity and severe obesity in Year 6 children; a downward trend of excess weight, overweight, obesity and severe obesity in Reception age boys; and a downward trend of underweight in Reception age boys and girls, and Year 6 girls.


The PowerPoint slides present key data and information on the trends in child body mass index from the NCMP in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics. They show overall trends in obesity, overweight, excess weight, severe obesity and underweight prevalence over time. The slides can be downloaded and used freely with acknowledgement to Public Health England. The slides are also available to download from the PHE Obesity Intelligence KHub Public Library

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School Nurses From Across The Country Have Promised To Tackle Childhood Body Image

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

Hundreds of delegates from the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA) gathered at their annual conference in Manchester on Tuesday to receive the Fixers report on Body Image.


Fixer Ellie Hawcutt, 16, presented the report findings and asked the nurses to help bring about change in schools.


'The atmosphere at the event was really positive,' said Ellie. 'A lot of them were recognising they needed to spend more time with the students talking about body image.


'We can all do a little bit and I hope this report and the school nurses will bring about change.'


The report, titled Girls Fixing Body Issues , draws on the findings from workshops we have been holding across the country this year.

Girls aged between 16 and 25 have been asked to discuss body image in relation to five key areas: Home, health, school, employment and the media.

The workshops, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, through the Tampon Tax Fund, culminated in a one-day event in London which saw young people talking about their experiences of body image and self-esteem with professional facilitators.


During the afternoon, celebrity campaigner Melissa Johns, and body positive ambassador Fixer Shannon Finnan co-hosted a debate where the young people and audience members contributed to the body image discussion.


Hear from others affected by this issue. Click to read their stories.


Themes from the workshops and London event have been developed into a significant report, which Fixers will use to help bring about change.

Recommendations include asking for regular and consistent PSHE lessons which include discussions on how to cope with the scrutiny and pressure young girls find themselves under over body image.


Young women are also calling for a relaxed approach to school uniform and makeup would better prepare them for college or employment and help them feel more relaxed in the classroom.


Sharon White, CEO of SAPHNA, attended the event and said: 'The response to the launch of the report has been immensely positive.

'Delegates – ranging from front-line practitioners, national leads, commissioners and directors of public health – all agree this is an excellent, high quality and informative report and intend to use this, the microsite and resources, to support their work with schools, children and young people, families and stakeholders regarding body image and the impact this can and does have on the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people.

'SAPHNA will continue to work with Fixers on this project and capitalise on the strength of feeling from the conference delegates to jointly address some of the report recommendations.'


To read the report, visit our dedicated microsite here.


To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.



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RCN - Health Needs In Schools And Community Settings

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

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