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Resources for Healthy Child Programme

Getting evidence into practice—implementation science for paediatricians

This article explores the theoretical background to knowledge translation and knowledge discovery and gives child health examples of  how diffusion and dissemination of knowledge  occurs in practice. It is suggested that  there is a unique role for knowledge  brokers in paediatrics to facilitate change and outlines how various barriers to change  might be overcome.

The Healthy Child Programme: how did we get here and where should we go?

We review the aims of the HCP and ask whether it is doing too little or too much? We explore the outcomes that matter and assert that we  often don’t have the data to make this judgement. We call for more data and argue for the importance of getting to know your local data,  in advocating for children and young people. We ask paediatricians to  step up and take a role in the promotion of health and wellbeing of families  in their care: child public health is everybody’s business.

Is pre-school child health surveillance an effective means of detecting key physical abnormalities?

The effectiveness of child health surveillance (CHS) screening is still being questioned. There has been little work on the quality of CHS provided in primary care following the shift in provision encouraged by the 1990 Contract. The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of primary care CHS  screening for five physical conditions: undescended testes,
congenital heart disease, squints, developmental dysplasia  of the hip, and congenital hearing loss.

Rapid review of the HCP

Rapid review of the evidence base support by the healthy child programme (HCP) 0 to 5 years.