National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)
The delivery of the surveillance aspects of the NCMP is now a statutory duty of local authorities. Hampshire County Council is well placed to bring together the broad coalition of partners required to tackle obesity. Hampshire has been participating in this national programme by gathering data about the height and weight of children for a number of years.
The aim of this work is to:
- provide parents with feedback on their child’s weight, to help them understand how healthy their child is, and support and encourage behaviour change
- provide a way to directly engage with families with overweight, underweight and obese children
- provide public health surveillance data on children’s weight
- understand how widespread obesity is and trends within Hampshire
- help make decisions about planning and commissioning services to support the achievement of healthy weights amongst children and young people
- contribute data and evidence for the Public Health Outcomes Framework indicator on excess weight in 4 to 5 and 10 to 11 year olds
In Hampshire, the School Nursing Service has been commissioned to gather this data. There are now five years of reliable information from this programme.
This local data gives the ability to make comparisons and benchmark Hampshire with other areas. It enables better planning of services and the monitoring of progress against the Hampshire Healthy Weights Strategy and Action Plan. It also helps practitioners understand where to target resources within their local area to improve healthy weights prevalence.
With the transfer of responsibility for delivering the National Child Measurement Programme moving from primary care trusts to local government from April 2013, a briefing document has been jointly produced by the Local Government Association and Public Health England. This is based on frequently asked questions and aims to aid elected members understanding of these changes and what this means for local authorities.
National Child Measurement Programme: briefing for Elected Members.