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Wanted: Families with babies

Published: 11/12/2017

Families in Portsmouth with babies less than eight-weeks old are being given an exciting opportunity to take part in a study looking at how best to give babies the best possible start in life.

Researchers at the University of York are being supported by health professionals at Solent NHS Trust in looking for parents from Portsmouth to participate in the Enhancing Social and Emotional health and wellbeing in the Early Years (E-SEE) Family Wellbeing Study.

Anyone with a baby less than two months old is eligible to take part in the 18-month study into child development and wellbeing and also receive high street shopping vouchers of up to £70 as a thank you for participating. The results of the research could potentially help improve family and children’s services for other families across the country. Families have until Friday 22December 2017 to submit an application to take part.

Tracey Bywater, Principal Investigator at the University of York, said:

“The E-SEE study will find out if a new form of support for parents called the Incredible Years programme benefits the wellbeing of parents and their babies. We are interested in finding out whether this new programme is more helpful than services that are already available to families in your area. To find out if the programme does make a difference, we will look at the progress of families who receive Incredible Years and compare that to the progress of families who receive the usual care available to them in their local area. We hope that findings from the E-SEE study will be used to make sure that the right kind of help is available to families to support parents and to give children the best start in life.”

Melanie Ellard, Clinical Modern Matron for Health Visiting at Solent NHS Trust, said:

“At Solent NHS Trust, we are passionate about giving children the best start in life. The E-SEE Family Wellbeing Study provides us with an opportunity to look at how we can best achieve this. We are delighted to be able to offer local people the chance to take part and strongly urge all eligible families to apply.”

The E-SEE study is being funded by the NHS National Institute for Health Research.

If you would like to know more about the trial and how you can take part visit

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Notes to editors:

There is an image to accompany this press release: 385.1 - Tracey Bywater, Principal Investigator at the University of York

For further information please contact Catherine Carey, Research and Improvement Communications Manager at Solent NHS Trust, on 07881239787 or by emailing

This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research (NIHR PHR) Programme (project number 13/93/10). The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NIHR PHR Programme, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.

Solent NHS Trust was created on 1 April 2011 and specialises in providing high quality community and mental health services. We operate out of more than 120 sites across Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire. The Trust has a vision to provide great care, be a great place to work and deliver great value for money. It prides itself in being a ‘values- based organisation’, a position strengthened last year by internal and external engagement around the development of values, whose acronym is HEART, which stands for Honesty, Everyone Counts, Accountable, Respectful and Teamwork.

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