Happy Family Healthy Start VoucherYour role

Healthy Start is a government scheme to improve the health of low-income pregnant women and families with young children on benefits and tax credits. It provides a great opportunity for health professionals and others working with pregnant women and families to offer encouragement, information and advice on issues such as healthy eating, breastfeeding and vitamins.

Health professionals also play a key role in the application process and in signposting the availability of the free Healthy Start vitamins.

Booking and social care assessments are ideal opportunities to promote the scheme. Many maternity units include a copy of the application leaflet in their information packs. It’s also a good idea to note applications for Healthy Start in pregnancy notes and child health records.

Research shows that women who are introduced to the scheme by a health professional who takes time to explain its public health context and  health benefits are more likely to view it as a partnership with them to benefit the health of their child, rather than as a simple financial contribution. They may therefore be more likely to make best use of the scheme.

Countersigning the application form

Due to changes in the law, you no longer need to countersign the Healthy Start application form.  This means  Part B can be left blank.

 

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