The recent Public Health England Annual Conference 2019 provided the showcase for some excellent partnership working and results in the healthy infant nutrition work in Tower Hamlets.
The commitment of partners in Tower Hamlets to commission and work together to support health and wellbeing in early years and to encourage children and families to eat well and maintain a healthy weight has generated some positive results.
A poster, produced for the conference, which took place between 10-11 September 2019 in Coventry, highlighted the progress our borough has made through commissioning and working in partnership on delivering improved nutritional outcomes for children aged under five years old. A clear outcome showed that the complex determinants within inner-city areas impacting on children such as poverty, low exclusive breastfeeding rates and access to nutritious foods, can be addressed.
The poster was authored by a group of Tower Hamlets Together partners, namely Simon Twite, Tower Hamlets Public Health Maternity and Early Years Lead, two Care Group colleagues, Brenda Coughlan (FNP) and Vanessa Wooding (Infant Feeding), and colleagues from the council and Breastfeeding Network.
Some excellent high-level results include:
- High levels of breastfeeding at initiation (95%) and at 6-8 weeks (81%) compared to England and statistical neighbours;
- 29% of FNP (Family Nurse Partnership) clients breastfeed beyond 6 months
- Lower rates of admission for gastroenteritis and respiratory tract infections for infants aged under 1 year than for England.
Speaking about the results, Simon said: "The progress reflected in this poster is due to the efforts and commitment of many frontline practitioners and volunteers as well as the senior leadership across the Tower Hamlets Together partnership"
To view the stats and further information, download the poster by clicking the link below: