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Introducing healthy weight surveys

To help introduce healthy weight surveys into our health visiting services, Health Visitor, Sally Shillaker, explains how these tools will improve care throughout our services across Hampshire.

Sally shares her professional experience and why the topic of healthy weight is an important step towards managing the health and wellbeing of babies and young children: “I am a health visitor and before then was a school nurse. I am really interested in the views of parents or carers, whether they pregnant or birthing, or with children under 5 years old. Speaking about their experiences of conversations they have had with a health care professional about healthy weight is important because weight affects us all and is a sensitive topic that is important but sometimes difficult to talk about.”  

Sally continues “I have two surveys, one for pregnant or birthing people and their partners, and the other for parents or carers of children under 5 years old which will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Both are voluntary, confidential, and anonymous. This means we will store your responses securely and it will not be possible to identify you. There is also an invitation to talk in more detail about your views and experiences in a short interview and information will be shared about this in the survey.”

Sally and the team would really like to hear your views and experiences so the service can learn and think about how we might be able to work together better with its patients. The surveys will help the health visiting service learn about how conversations around healthy weight can develop in the future. If you are pregnant, or a parent or carer, and can spare a short amount of time to fill out these surveys we would really love to hear your thoughts.

Survey links:

Survey for pregnant and birthing people and their partners. 

Survey for parents and carers of children under 5 years old. 

 

 

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