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Child Healthy Weight Interventions 2011- 2012

Child Healthy Weight Interventions 2011 / 2012

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Introduction

This is the fourth publication of statistics reporting on child healthy weight interventions and shows the total number of interventions undertaken by NHS Boards between April 2011 and March 2012, compared to the target number for the three year period.

Attainment of the Scottish Government’s Purpose of a flourishing economy requires a healthy population. Obesity poses a real risk to the health of the population in Scotland and its ability to meet its overarching purpose of sustainable economic growth because of the burden of disease that accompanies obesity.

Addressing rising levels of overweight and obesity is a priority for the Scottish Government. Childhood overweight and obesity present a particular challenge. The Scottish Government has set a national target to reduce the rate of increase in the proportion of children out-with the healthy weight range by 2018.

The first target period for NHS Boards was between April 2008 and March 2011. The target (of 6,317 completed child healthy weight interventions over the three years) was exceeded as 8,406 interventions were completed. NHS Boards are now building upon interventions developed during this first target period. The target for the period between April 2011 and March 2014 is to complete 14,910 interventions. A new requirement for this period is that at least 40% of interventions are delivered to children/families in the two most deprived SIMD quintiles by local SIMD data-zone.


Main findings

  • A total of 5,052 interventions were carried out between April 2011 and March 2012.
  • The percentage of interventions delivered to children/ families in the two most deprived quintiles will be measured against the final target in 2014.

Health Board

Number of Completed Interventions

Apr 2011 – Mar 2012

Target

Ap 2011 -  Mar 2014

Ayrshire and Arran

411

1,057

Borders

121

331

Dumfries and Galloway

121

413

Fife

419

1,060

Forth Valley[a]

-

883

Grampian

451

1,556

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

1,134

3,389

Highland

72

887

Lanarkshire

1,140

1,745

Lothian

679

2,268

Orkney

21

58

Shetland

21

70

Tayside

407

1,118

Western Isles

55

75

Scotland

5,052

14,910


Methodology

The target (H3): To achieve 14,910 completed child healthy weight interventions over the three year period ending March 2014.

When the target was introduced in 2008 Boards were given flexibility to introduce programmes, or a range of programmes, of their choice as long as it met the criteria set out in the Scottish Government issued guidance. Some Boards have introduced programmes which are not specifically targeted towards overweight or obese children, i.e. a whole class approach in educational settings. In these cases the number of reported interventions has been adjusted downwards, either based on the proportion of the class which might be expected to be overweight based on national survey data or, in some cases, Boards recorded the BMI of children taking part and have only included those who are overweight or obese. These adjustments are reflected in the table above.

A central data collection system has been developed for monitoring and evaluation purposes, this is the Child Health Surveillance Programme (CHSP) and it is available within schools. This was implemented in October 2011, however the Boards have continued to send their quarterly returns to the Scottish Government alongside the new system in Q3 (Oct-Dec 2011) and Q4 (Jan-Mar 2012) to cover the transition period.

For children in the 2-5 age bracket who are not yet at school the completions of these interventions will continue to be sent to the Scottish Government until the CHSP-Pre-school system is available.
 

Future Plans

Data will continue to be collected on a quarterly basis and published annually. From April 2012 Health Boards started recording their school-based child healthy weight interventions on the Child Health Systems Programme School (CHSP-S) database. This information collection will be overseen by NHS Information Services Division (ISD). While data on interventions completed among pre-school aged children will continue to be collected at a Health Board level by the Scottish Government, after the publication of this 2011-12 data, ISD will be responsible for information on the majority of children who have completed interventions in future.
 

Further Information

Although not classified as National Statistics these statistics are regarded as Official Statistics and, as such, are bound by the principles and protocols contained within the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

The measure above contributes to the Scottish Government’s HEAT performance management system which sets out the targets and measures against which NHS Boards are publicly monitored and evaluated.
 

Useful Links

UK Statistics Authority, Code of Practice for Official Statistics –

http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/code-of-practice/

Scottish Government NHSScotland Performance Targets (HEAT) –

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/scotPerforms/partnerstories/NHSScotlandperformance

Scottish Government Guidance on Healthy Weight Intervention Programmes –

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/83961/0059077.pdf
 

For further information, please contact:

Carrie Graham

Scottish Government

Health Analytical Services

Email: Carrie.Graham@Scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: 0131 244 2589



[a] NHS Forth Valley report their data via the CHSP-S system