Report shows Healthy Start Workforce programmes hit the mark

15 December 2015

An interim evaluation report shows reveals health professionals are extremely positive about the impact the Healthy Start Workforce Project training programmes have on their daily practice.


The report examines responses from:

  • those who have attended the Healthy Conversation Skills programme, which aims to give professionals the skills to help clients make meaningful behaviour change

  • those who have attended the face-to-face education study day which explores research into the impact of good nutrition and exercise in the early years on lifelong health.


It finds that a massive 97 per cent of those who attend our education programme believe it is either “useful or very useful” for their everyday practice.


The education days reinforce the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  The report shows that after the training 87 per cent of respondents believe it is “very important” to help their clients make positive lifestyle changes.


The Healthy Conversation Skills Training is also having a positive impact on the maternity and child health workforces.  More than 450 professionals have already had this training.


The report reveals that the training is extremely successful in helping participants to feel more confident about having conversations about making lifestyle changes.  Only 15 per cent were confident to do this before the training, but this jumps to 75 per cent after the training.


Healthy Start Workforce Project lead, Susan Miller, says it’s gratifying to see the success of the programmes.


“We’re thrilled to see that our programmes are meeting a need and helping the child and maternity health workforce to feel more confident in supporting women and their families to make behavioural changes that will ultimately lead to better health outcomes.”