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Best Start in Life Network


The WMADPH Best Start in Life Network works to support the children & young people’s priorities for the year, as set by national and local priorities, it continues to share best practice and resources to enhance local delivery that reduces variation in health inequalities.  
The network connects the wider public health system and offers peer support to enable local delivery of the Healthy Start programme across the West Midlands, working  with Learning for Public Health and Health Education West Midlands to develop Continuing Professional Development activity and maintain links with the PH workforce in the region; identifying best practice, contributing towards the development of strategy and support evidence based commissioning.

JSNA datapacks now available on S drive

PHE has published the latest alcohol and drugs joint strategic needs (JSNA) resource pack, for adults and YPs. These are to help local areas develop joint strategic needs assessments and local joint health and wellbeing strategies; that effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol and drug use. The pack consists of six resources including good practice evidence-based prompts to support local areas assess need, plan and commission effective services and interventions. The second component for each topic is a bespoke data pack for every local authority.

These JSNA products are now available on the NTA legacy site and can be accessed via this link: http://www.nta.nhs.uk/healthcare-JSNA.aspx. Your local drug and alcohol commissioner will be able to discuss, any interest you may have in the bespoke and tailored data pack; as this is not publically available.

Any queries please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coroner warns parents to be aware of button battery dangers: help from CAPT to engage local families

Last week, the BBC issued a stark warning about the dangers of button batteries. This week saw the inquest into the death of 2-year-old Francesca Asan. A lithium battery lodged in her throat and corroded inside her for 7 days until it triggered the ‘catastrophic’ bleed that killed her. Now is the time to engage local families around the issue. Here is your guide and free download on running a session with parents to help you do that.

Select your news story from Storify

We’ve pulled the coverage together on Storify so you can easily select news stories for your group or one-to-one sessions. There are links to online news stories, social media posts and a radio interview with consultant Kate Cross on when to get help. 

Get up-to-speed about the issue

We’ve pulled together all our advice in one place so you can be fully up-to-speed on:

  • Why button batteries pose such a danger.
  • Messages to parents about prevention.
  • What to do if you think your child has swallowed a button battery.

Tips on running a session with parents

See our tips for running a session. It’s packed full of ideas for engaging parents with demonstrations, props, news stories and questions to ask. 

Resources to hand out

Our flyer and poster pack offers a poster and 100 flyers, so that parents can take simple reminders home with them, for just £16 plus P&P. You can also purchase the poster or flyers alone.


Children and young people indicators in Local Health updated

PHE’s Local Health tool presents data for small areas and was updated yesterday, 6 September, including the information it contains on the health and wellbeing of children and young people. These indicators are based on those in Child Health Profiles, Early Years Profiles and the Public Health Outcomes Framework but made available where possible for smaller areas such as electoral wards and middle level super output areas (MSOA). A wide range of indicators of importance for children and young people’s health and wellbeing have been updated with the latest data, covering topics such as obesity and excess weight; injuries;  pregnancy; emergency attendance and hospital admissions; and child development and educational attainment.

The tool is available at www.localhealth.org.uk

Should you have any questions about children and young people indicators, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

0-19 Integration Workshop Report

The 0-19 Integrated Partnership Workshop was held on 10th February 2016. The workshop was organised by a planning group with representatives from PHE, HEE, LfPHWM and a number of Local Authority consultants in Public Health. Key Learning outcomes for the workshop were:

•    Early Intervention
•    Regional and national update
•    Local Case studies
•    Co-design
•    Round table discussions on commissioning, integration and workforce development.

Outcomes of the day

At the start of the workshop, all attendees were asked what they would like as an outcome from the day.

•    Importance about learning on 0-19 integration
•    Opportunity to network
•    Explore outcomes not just process
•    Impacts and risks/landscape
•    Public Health and children services
•    Interface of new models
•    Bench marking
•    Preventive rather intervention services – how we build the system
•    How integrations are happening and share learning
•    Addressing potential barriers e.g. IT
•    Sharing of different models
•    What is integration?
•    Commission or systems leadership model
•    Kings fund paper.
•    do we integrate with reducing budgets

Click here to view REPORT

Contact Us

You can get in touch with us at:

Sandwell MBC
Freeth Street
West Midlands
B69 3DE

Jo Dodd - 07815 490436
Rajdeep Atwal - 0845 352 7672


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Freeth Street
West Midlands
B69 3DE


Jo Dodd - 07815 490436

Rajdeep Atwal - 0121 569 5121