Better Start Bradford is supporting the implementation of the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home Visiting (MECSH) programme with health visitors from Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT) in the Better Start Bradford area and Bradford East area.
MECSH was designed in Australia to provide structured support to families at risk of poorer maternal and child health development outcomes, delivered by the health visiting service. It has already been implemented in the south of England with Bradford being the first site in the north to implement it.
The programme has a structured visiting schedule with core modules to work through with parents, based on the best evidence, to enable the child to grow, develop and reach their milestones. Modules include learning to communicate, promoting first relationships and healthy beginnings.
MECSH is currently being piloted by health visitors in the Bradford East team.