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Children's Health and Maternity Programme

We are leading the development of a research programme in Children’s Health and Maternity in collaboration with ARCs Yorkshire and Humber, North East and North Cumbria, North Thames, North West Coast, Northwest London, South London, West and West Midlands. This collaboration builds on the ARC network's world-leading expertise in children’s and maternal health, and existing local and national networks, to best understand how research can contribute to meaningful change.

This three-year programme of research seeks to find effective ways to implement evidence-based interventions to improve children’s and maternity services widely across England by supporting 3-4 implementation projects. The research will engage with a wide range of voices from communities, children and young people and their families, and women using maternity services, reflecting the needs and priorities of the public, professionals and healthcare organisations to identify key areas where evidence can help to improve public health and services in health and social care.


Intervention ideas:

Our aim is to identify 3-4 possible interventions/services that have a real potential to provide benefits to health and which have support from service users, commissioners and providers. The collaboration will work with adopted projects to help facilitate, support and evaluate the impact of delivery. 

Professor Stuart Logan and Dr Vashti Berry hosted an online briefing which outlined the plan for the first 6 months of the programme. For further detail please see the briefing document.

In the first phase of the process, we have screened the 32 suggestions received on the basis of their evidence of efficacy and effectiveness. This screening has produced a shortlist of 14 interventions.  We will be hosting four workshops in January 2021 where we will be considering the Practicability, Acceptability, and Equity aspect of each suggestion as per the APEASE criteria. The outcomes of these workshops will be used to prioritise 6-8 suggestions. We will then consult with commissioners, service providers, and members of the public and further assess the evidence for effectiveness and potential for impact to select the final list of 3-4 projects to take forward in our work plan.



The intervention suggestions have been organised into the following themed workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Monday 18th January 2021, 11:00-13:30 – Maternity: Antenatal care and maternity services
  • Workshop 2: Tuesday 19th January 2021, 10:00-12:30 – Child Health: Mental health and public health
  • Workshop 3: Wednesday 20th January 2021, 10:30-13:00 – Child Health: Childhood disability and vulnerable populations
  • Workshop 4: Friday 22nd January 2021, 10:00-12:30 – Maternity: Child birth and maternal mental health

If you would like to find out more information about these workshops please contact us using the email below.

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