Child Friendly Health Check project, 2002-2005
Our Area Co-ordinators are a crucial part of our support mechanism and often the first point of contact for parents and healthcare professionals. For three years the Community Fund supported our Child Friendly Health Check project with three Area Co-ordinator posts covering Forth Valley, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and the North of Scotland. The project aimed to raise awareness of the needs of sick children and their families by:
- Collaborating with child health-care organisations meeting the very special needs of children relating to admission to hospital
- Giving talks to nursing students, play groups and nurseries
- Providing education and advice to parents
- Liaising with hospitals and health care workers
- Distributing educational and play materials and literature (Play Boxes and Parent Packs)
- Extending our service to 3 new areas – Central Scotland, North Scotland, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire.
The objectives were to:
The project was evaluated as successful: Key points were:
- The project engaged with 28,884 people and 700 groups
- Telephone, email and one-to-one support and information was offered to approximately 3,000 families.
- Over 100 talks/presentations were given to nurseries, playgroups, parent groups, nursing students and health care workers.
- The hospital play box lending scheme was extremely popular with three more boxes than the original estimate of 15 placed.
- We represented sick children and their families on 15 working groups, including Child Health Review Groups; on the Women & Children’s user group for the building of the new hospital in Larbert, NHS Forth Valley, on the Acute Operating Division Patient Public Panel and several subgroups.
- In the North of Scotland, representation on a Paediatric Pain Group, a child health strategic management group in NHS Grampian and North of Scotland Planning Group – a sub-committee of National Child Health Support Group.
- Child Friendly Health Check documents were developed and we were invited by Health care settings to review their facilities in all three areas leading to changes in Child health provision through promotion of best practise.
- Information was provided to child health representatives in the health boards
- After consulting with parents and professionals our information leafletwas updated and distributed to all wards admitting children in the 3 areas.
- Provide ASC(S) information to health professionals and parents and distribute to all children’s wards within each area
- Use ASC(S) Hospital Play boxes to prepare children for hospital experience
- Provide regular ASC(S) information to local health councils
- Provide a service to child health facilities via child friendly health checks
- Establish access to and links with health care professionals, students, sick children and their families
- Assist related groups to plan and develop their child health services.