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Reproductive and Early Years Pathfinder progress report published

Tuesday, 17 January 2012
A report for the Reproductive and Early Years Pathfinder has been published which highlights the progress made during phase one of the programme.
Public Health Wales has adopted a pathfinder approach for a public health reproductive and early years programme that will support the strategic vision for maternity services in Wales, the National Service Framework for Children and Our Healthy Future. The report sets out progress on the two work packages:
  • Collating and making accessible the research evidence base for interventions to improve birth and early years outcomes
  • Mapping programmes currently in place and their impact within localities in Wales.
Following a stakeholder workshop in April, the need for regular monitoring and monitoring of reproductive and early years indicators was identified and a list of indicators was developed. During phase one of the programme, the availability and quality of data required to develop indicators were assessed and showed gaps in the data available across different health boards in Wales.
The report also details the work done to map current maternal and child health interventions across Wales and makes recommendations to prioritise work around smoking and obesity in pregnancy.  
Dr Shantini Paranjothy, Programme Manager for the Reproductive and Early Years Pathfinder Programme said, “This report brings together all the hard work carried out under the project since it started.
“This programme has brought together key decision makers from across the NHS to work together and focus on improving the health and wellbeing of children in Wales.
“We are now working on the implementation phase of the programme where we will be developing a surveillance programme and use the data to assess the impact of the interventions currently in place to improve early years health.”
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