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Interventions guidance aims to support babies, children and young people

Posted on: August 9th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new schedule of interventions tool has been added to the existing interactive pathways elearning programme.

The resource aims to help local commissioners and service providers navigate current guidance and materials within the Healthy Child Programme – the national public health framework for babies, children and young people.

These schedules bring together evidence, guidance, information and resources to describe local prevention and early intervention and ongoing care activities from preconception to adulthood.

It includes information about preconception care, promoting child development, improving child health outcomes and ensuring that families at risk are identified at the earliest opportunity.

Local authorities, the NHS and other partners can use the tool to inform the commissioning and provision of good quality services for children, young people and families at every level of need, from community and universal to targeted and specialist.

For more information and to access the new resource, please visit the Interactive Pathways programme page.

Improving care for children and young people living with excess weight

Posted on: June 19th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

A suite of universal elearning resources is now available to support professionals working with children and young people living with obesity. The foundation level training can help upskill clinicians working within Complications from Excess Weight (CEW) clinics and enables a standardised approach to service provision across the country.

The online training covers the causes of childhood obesity, the relationship between obesity and mental health, the physical and social complications of obesity, and provides an overview of evidence-based lifestyle changes to form part of a childhood weight management intervention.

Crucially, the training also highlights the importance of non-stigmatising communication and designing compassionate services, to help reduce weight-related bias and stigma. It also highlights solutions that use a family-based, person-centred, behavioural change approach, supporting the modelling of behaviours from parents or carers and the rest of the family.

The high prevalence of childhood obesity is a global public health priority. The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) in England estimated that in 2020/1, 22.2% of reception children, and 37.7% of Year 6 children, were either obese or overweight. Evidence indicates that the risk of anxiety, depression and developing an eating disorder is higher among children and young people living with obesity; and excessive weight also has complications on physical and social factors, such as bullying and social isolation.

The Complications from Excess Weight elearning programme has been created by NHS England in partnership with the British Dietetic Association. It comprises 5 sessions:

  1. Introduction to identification of complications associated with excessive weight in children and young people (C&YP).
  2. An introduction to understanding different levels of overweight in children and young people living with complications associated with excess weight
  3. Connection between severe obesity and mental health
  4. Interventions for Childhood Weight Management
  5. Prevalence of childhood obesity, influence of social factors including poverty and appropriate safeguarding

The training is aimed primarily at multidisciplinary teams working in Complications from Excess Weight (CEW) services, and staff working with children and young people across health and care.

To find out more and to access the training, please visit the Complications from Excess Weight in Children and Young People elearning programme page.

New programme about children and young people’s mental health now available

Posted on: October 26th, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with Health Education England, NHS England and other key partners to develop a new online training platform to help staff caring for children and young people with mental health needs, autism, or learning disability in acute settings.

Children and Young People with Mental Health Needs, Autism or Learning Disability: Online resources for staff in acute settings has been developed in response to feedback from the system. This learning will help support staff to manage increased demand for children and young people’s mental health services, especially in acute settings.

The programme is aimed at staff working in acute care hospital settings, such as the emergency department or paediatric wards, who would like to enhance their confidence and skills to care for children and young people (CYP) with these specific needs.

The aim is to improve knowledge, confidence and skills to safely care for children and young people with mental health needs, autism, or learning disability.

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Children and Young People with Mental Health Needs, Autism or Learning Disability programme page.

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