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Introduction to the Healthy Child Programme course for Allied Health

Speciality Classification
Occupational Therapists
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare

This session traces the history of the development of the current healthy child programme (pregnancy to five years old) and outlines its main aims and programme components: screening, immunisation, health promotion and behaviour change and parenting support.

The session also describes the philosophical change in approach from child health surveillance and the current policy context.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the history of the development of the current child health promotion programme in England
  • List the desired outcomes of the programme for infants, children and families
  • Outline the main activities of the programme, organised by the first 5 years of life
  • Describe the current philosophy and approaches to the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme
  • Describe the policy context of the Healthy Child Programme

The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) 0-5 years is an evidence-based programme that focuses on pregnancy and the first 5 years of life. It consists of several modules covering a wide range of relevant topic areas.


Instructors / Speakers
Mitch Blair,
Consultant and Reader in Paediatrics and Child Public Health, Imperial College, London

Prof. Mitch Blair [MBBS, BSc (hons), MSc., FRCP, FRCPCH, FHEA, FFPH (hon)] qualified in medicine MBBS from UCH, London in 1983 with a BSc in Sociology and Philosophy of Medicine and went on to paediatric training posts at Stoke Mandeville, Charing Cross Hospital, Great Ormond Street, Northwick Park, and Nottingham. After obtaining an MSc in Community Paediatrics from the Institute of Child Health in London, he moved to Nottingham as Lecturer and then Consultant Senior Lecturer in Community Paediatrics which he held between 1990 and 1998. He worked in inner city community practice in health centres, schools, day nurseries and specialist out-reach to single handed and group practices. He carried out teaching and research into the national child health screening programme and community paediatric out reach to primary care.

Mitch moved back to London in 1998 and is currently Consultant and Reader in Paediatrics and Child Public Health at Imperial College London, and established the River Island Academic Centre for Paediatrics and Child Public Health Teaching and Research at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow. His research interests include complementary medicines use in children, international child health indicators, child public health monitoring, and health service evaluation. He was former academic convenor of the British Association of Community Child Health and chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Interprofessional forum on Child Health Informatics. He was Director of Research and Development for North West London Hospitals NHS Trust from 1998-2004 and is currently Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Faculty of Public Health. He chaired the UK Child Public Health Interest Group from 2003-2008 and is principle author of the first text book on the subject. He is one of a handful of UK members of the APA and is an Honorary Fellow of the American Pediatric Society in the USA. He was seconded part-time to the DH to advise on the Healthy Child Programme in 2009/10.

His wife Susan is a nurse counsellor in a drug addiction centre and they have two teen children Nathan and Alecia. In what time is left he enjoys water colour, playing jazz clarinet and cycling.

Introduction to the Healthy Child Programme course for Allied Health
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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