Diet and nutrition
What commissioning priorities are recommended?
Commission an evidence-based breastfeeding service to complement midwifery and healthy visiting services.
Commission services to improve children’s diet during early years of life, focusing on families living in wards of deprivation.
Continue to commission the universal provision and promotion of Healthy Start vitamins to enable all pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding and children from around the age of 6 months to their 4th birthday to receive the vitamins.
Increase promotion and uptake of the national Healthy Start initiative, in particular vitamin supplements, to both professionals and the target audience.
Previous commissioning priorities
Implement evidence-based best practice to maximise breastfeeding initiation and continuation. Ensure appropriate support services are in place and that health professionals are appropriately trained to provide support and consistent advice throughout antenatal and postnatal periods. Abandoned, replaced by 2015/01.
Promote healthy eating, making use of national campaigns and brands, and develop joint working with key sectors, such as planning and transport departments, to ensure the potential for physical activity and healthy eating is maximised, including the use of health impact assessments to address the causes of obesity. Abandoned, replaced by 2015/02.
Increase promotion and uptake of the national Healthy Start initiative, in particular vitamin supplements, to both professionals and the target audience. Remains a priority, replaced by 2015/04.
Ensure targeted support and increase Health Check uptake for those identified as most at risk of malnutrition. This includes tackling wider determinants by providing debt advice, improving housing conditions and ensuring access to affordable food. Abandoned.
Develop consistent and integrated strategies among all health and social care providers to detect, prevent and treat malnutrition. Make appropriate training available to staff in all settings so that they have a common basic knowledge of nutrition and the skills to promote a nutritionally adequate diet. Abandoned.
Ensure that good quality and healthy food is provided by working with local public sector service providers, such as schools, hospitals, and prisons. Abandoned.