Healthy Start, Happy Start trained 'interveners' across different NHS Trust's to deliver VIPP SD to HSHS families. Two of these, Sylvia Woolley, Health Visitor, & Jackie Sangan, Nursery Nurse, Oxfordshire NHS Trust have written a blog for the Institute of Health Visiting about their experiences working on the trial. Check out their thoughts here.
Sylvia Woolley is also presenting today on Healthy Start, Happy Start to OxBUMP/Children and Families Research Group.
The pPOD team had their termly library day today at South Kensington Library. The morning consists of the team working on various projects followed a team lunch and afternoon presentations. Today, Jill presented on her trip to Australia which was funded by the Winston Churchill Foundation. Highlights of her trip included visiting mother and baby units, residential opportunities for new parents and ways families are engaged in services. A key focus for Australian services is the way in which they include dads. Jill spoke of a particular project called 'SMS for dads' which sent 3 texts a week to either expectant or new dads. The topics included dad's own health and wellbeing, their relationship with their new baby and their relationship with their partner. Read more about Jill's trip here.
Ellen also discussed the paper she has recently reviewed for the Mental Elf and her blog can be found here. The team discussed how tricky it is to find the effects of cannabis when the participants often use tobacco and alcohol. It would be fantastic if future research could try and control for other variables i.e. maternal diet.
The team were so delighted to have a surprise visit from the youngest pPOD member yet!
Paul, Christine and Rachael attended the first President's Awards for Excellence in Societal Engagement at the South Kensington campus last night. It was a fantastic evening celebrating all of the hard work and successful public engagement activities that have been taking place across Imperial. Rachael was nominated for the Leadership Award for Societal Engagement. This was for all of her work coordinating the pPOD team at events like Imperial Festival and Science Museum Lates. Additionally, she leads the Study Advisory Group panel of parents and childcare professionals who provide invaluable guidance in running the Healthy Start, Happy Start study. We would like to congratulate all of the winners and runners up and an overview of the night can be found here. We also met a few local celebs too!
Cannabis use during pregnancy: little known about impact on child or maternal health
Ellen Grimas summarises a systematic review on prenatal exposure to cannabis and maternal and child health outcomes, which highlights the lack of high quality research in this area. Read her blog here.
The Healthy Start Happy Start team are excited to announce they now have over 100 families taking part in the study. The team would like to thank all the families and health professionals involved in making this happen across London and Oxfordshire in reaching this amazing milestone. Find out more about the project on the Central and North West London NHS news page here. We look forward to keeping you updated, as we begin work alongside teams in Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Barking and Dagenham.
It's been a busy few months for the 'Healthy Start, Happy Start' Team, having successfully delivered not one but three new VIPP-SD training courses! VIPP-SD is a video-based home-visiting programme for parents of young children.
In April we trained a new group of interveners (a mix of Psychologists and Health Visitors) who will be working across our London-based sites. May then saw us successfully train a group of Health Visitors, Nursery Nurses and Research Nurses based in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire NHS Trust and Hertfordshire NHS Trusts.
Into June and July we then finalised another London site for the trial to run in: North East London Foundation Trust. This training has just been completed this week, and we are excited to announce that we now also have a mixture of Nursery Nurses and Health Visitors joining us from NELFT.
It's been a wonderfully successful few months, with so many new interveners being trained to deliver the video-based programme (VIPP-SD) as part of the HSHS trial. We are really excited and pleased to have such a rich and varied team of interveners joining us for the study, from such experienced backgrounds and across different parts of the UK. It's fantastic that the study is now running across so many sites, meaning we have a wonderful spread of families and therapists delivering the programme. And we are now looking forward to working with all our new interveners over the coming months!
Author: Jane Iles
Hello, my name is Philippa and I am a research health visitor employed by Whittington Health NHS. I have been working on the Healthy Start, Happy Start study since July 2015. My role includes facilitating and supporting recruitment of families to the study across Islington and I have also recently completed the 4 day VIPP-SD training.
Colleagues and I from Whittington Health NHS and NOCLOR held an event on Friday 20th May 2016 at the Whittington Hospital to mark International Clinical Trials Day. Our stall was in a busy area of the Whittington Hospital giving us the opportunity to talk to patients, visitors and members of staff about research taking place across the Trust.
There was information displayed about a range of research studies including Healthy Start, Happy Start. We used some of the materials developed by NIHR for the “OK to ask campaign” which provide information about participation in research. We also set up the chocolate trial which introduces some of the principles of research including randomisation, blinding, pre and post measurements (in this case assessment of happiness before and after eating one of the possible flavours of chocolate!)
This was a useful opportunity to share the work of Healthy Start Happy Start, and also meet colleagues undertaking very different types of research.
Author: Philippa Kemsley (far right)
New paper by pPOD’s Dr Camilla Rosan and Ellen Grimas discussing the need for better parental support in the perinatal period, including effective engagement with fathers.
Check it out here
Blog update: Reflections from "What Causes Wellness? Research Priorities for Children and Young People" talk by Sir Harry Burns
The pPOD team attended a Noclor event in March in which Sir Harry Burns reflected upon ‘wellbeing’ and the detrimental effect societal problems can have on the health of entire communities.
Click here to read more, from pPODs newest member.