Promoting healthy weight in pre-school: co-production of an online training resource for multi-agency professionals
ISPAH ePoster Library. Mary Watson P. 10/15/18; 225548; 270
Dr. Paula Mary Watson
Dr. Paula Mary Watson
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Abstract Background:<\b>
Despite calls for early prevention, healthy weight practices for 2-4 year old UK children are poorly developed. Practice is inconsistent, training is lacking, and many health professionals feel ill-equipped to discuss child weight issues with parents. This study aimed to co-develop an online training resource for multi-agency professionals to equip them with the confidence, knowledge and skills to promote healthy weight in pre-school children. Method: Four participatory workshops were held with a multi-agency development group (health visitors, nursery nurses, children’s centre staff, public health practitioners, GPs, academics), involving interactive activities, problem-solving, and development of draft intervention content. Academics contributed evidence and theoretical information, practitioners contributed essential “on the ground” experience. Results:<\b>
An online training resource was co-produced to reflect the views of the multi-agency development group. Content was informed by Self-Determination Theory, with the aim of a) enhancing autonomous motivation in practitioners and b) equipping practitioners to foster autonomous motivation in parents. Modules included communication, behaviour change techniques, consequences of unhealthy weight, physical activity, nutrition, identifying weight issues, cultural factors and roles and responsibilities in managing pre-school child weight. Practitioners expressed a preference for messages to be relevant, practical and focussed, i.e. key points rather than lengthy information. Conclusion:<\b>
Co-production brings together multi-agency professionals to develop interventions that are evidence-based yet feasible to implement in practice. Future work will evaluate multi-agency engagement with the co-produced intervention, and effects on pre-school child weight management practices. External funding details Co-funded by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Liverpool John Moores University.
Abstract Background:<\b>
Despite calls for early prevention, healthy weight practices for 2-4 year old UK children are poorly developed. Practice is inconsistent, training is lacking, and many health professionals feel ill-equipped to discuss child weight issues with parents. This study aimed to co-develop an online training resource for multi-agency professionals to equip them with the confidence, knowledge and skills to promote healthy weight in pre-school children. Method: Four participatory workshops were held with a multi-agency development group (health visitors, nursery nurses, children’s centre staff, public health practitioners, GPs, academics), involving interactive activities, problem-solving, and development of draft intervention content. Academics contributed evidence and theoretical information, practitioners contributed essential “on the ground” experience. Results:<\b>
An online training resource was co-produced to reflect the views of the multi-agency development group. Content was informed by Self-Determination Theory, with the aim of a) enhancing autonomous motivation in practitioners and b) equipping practitioners to foster autonomous motivation in parents. Modules included communication, behaviour change techniques, consequences of unhealthy weight, physical activity, nutrition, identifying weight issues, cultural factors and roles and responsibilities in managing pre-school child weight. Practitioners expressed a preference for messages to be relevant, practical and focussed, i.e. key points rather than lengthy information. Conclusion:<\b>
Co-production brings together multi-agency professionals to develop interventions that are evidence-based yet feasible to implement in practice. Future work will evaluate multi-agency engagement with the co-produced intervention, and effects on pre-school child weight management practices. External funding details Co-funded by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Liverpool John Moores University.
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