• Emergency life support training for school children: exploring local implementation and outcomes of the Heartstart UK school programme within the context of the National Healthy School Standard

      Thurston, Miranda; May, Stephanie (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2005-11)
      This project discusses the implementation of Heartstart UK - an initiative co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation to increase emergency life support training - in a number of schools in Cheshire.
    • Engaging parents and carers with Sure Start New Steps

      Perry, Catherine; Samuels, Tanya (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-01)
      This project report discusses the extent to which families in Halton are aware of the Sure Start New Steps programme. Concerns had been raised about the strategies used to inform parents and carers about Sure Start New Steps and how systematically and effectively its activities were introduced and promoted by health professionals and others working with the eligible population.
    • Establishing the reach of the Cheshire Children's Fund April 2005 - March 2006: Database development and implementation

      Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-10)
      This project report discusses the development of a system that identified individual service users from a selected number of Cheshire Children's Fund services chosen to provide electronic data to allow detailed analysis. The majority of services asked to provide electronic data returns were either based in schools or with serivces which were providing support to schools.
    • An evaluation of the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network 'Drink a Little Less, See a Better You' social marketing campaign

      Thurston, Miranda; Alford, Simon; Hughes, Deanna; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2010-07)
      Drink a Little Less, See a Better You: The NHS Health Check and Wind Down initiative is a social marketing campaign designed to reduce alcohol harm in the target group - men between the ages of 35-55 years - in the pub setting. In order to understand the impact of this initiative, the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network commissioned the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester to carry out an evaluation.
    • Evaluation of the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network Continuing Professional Development Programme 2009

      McKay, Jane; Thurston, Miranda; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2010-07-01)
      The Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network conducts a programme of continuing professional development through the year. The Centre for Public Health Research was commissioned to carry out an evaluation of the 2009 continuing professional development programme.
    • An evaluation of the Cheshire Sexual Health Promotion project

      Perry, Catherine; Thurston, Miranda; Killey, Mona (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2005-11)
      This project report discusses an evaluation study of the Sexual Health Promotion project in Cheshire, which ran from 2000 to 2004.
    • An evaluation of the Sure Start Widnes Trailblazer pampering group

      Perry, Catherine; Alexander, Denise (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2005-09)
      This project report discusses an evaluation of the pampering group of the Widnes Sure Start Widnes Trailblazer programme. The pampering group is a weekly service of health and beauty tratments to parents and parents-to-be, as well as informal advice from other parents and professionals about childbirth and child rearing in order to support parents during pregnancy and a baby's first year.
    • Examination of the Warrington Falls Management and Prevention Service

      Caiels, James; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2005-11)
      This report discusses the Warrington Falls Management and Prevention Service. For older people, falls have a number of significant negative physical, social and psychological consequences including self-imposed restricted mobility, fall phobia and fractures. In evaluating the Warrington Falls Management and Prevention Service, the report focuses on changes in functional performance and mobility levels among clients as a result of taking part in an exercise programme, clients' awareness of the multi-factorial risks associated with falls and the extent to which social isolation of the elderly was addressed by the service.
    • Exploring the impact of the Burnley Food and Fitness Aimed at Lowering Obesity (BUFFALO) project - executive summary

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; Thurston, Miranda; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2010-03)
      The BUFFALO project (Burnley Food and Fitness Aimed at Lowering Obesity) is a children’s obesity prevention project targeting Year 5 (9 to 10 year old) pupils in primary schools in Burnley. It is co-ordinated and delivered by Burnley Borough Council in partnership with East Lancashire Primary Care Trust. The BUFFALO project involves curriculum input during the normal school day for one afternoon per week in each Year 5 class for the first school term, followed by a 10 week programme of after school activities. The BUFFALO project team commissioned the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester to explore the impact of the BUFFALO project using data which had been routinely collected.
    • Increasing awareness of healthy eating through the use of performing arts: An evaluation of the StarBites project

      Perry, Catherine; May, Stephanie (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-01)
      This project report discusses an evaluation of StarBites - a joint initiative between the arts for health and foods for health strands of Halton's Healthy Living Programme. StarBites aims to convey healthy eating messages through drama, dance, poetry, and music performed by school children.
    • Knowsley at Heart community NHS health checks: Behaviour change evaluation

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2010-07)
      The purpose of this evaluation was to explore the experience of the residents of Knowsley of the community NHS health checks. A qualitative research strategy was utilised. It was evident from the evaluation that NHS Knowsley had been successful in engaging people in the community NHS health check programme. The service users commented positively on the health checks. A minority of participants were unsure what steps to take after the community health check, however, the majority of participants made some form of lifestyle change as a result of attending the check.
    • The local evaluation of Halton's Healthy Living programme annual reach report, August 2004 - July 2005

      Alford, Simon; Samuels, Tanya; Perry, Catherine (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2005-10)
      This project report discusses an evaluation of the services of Halton's Healthy Living Centre, which aims to promote good health, reduce health inequalities, and improve the health of the most disadvantaged in Halton.
    • The local evaluation of Halton's Healthy Living Programme annual reach report, August 2005 - July 2006

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-11)
      This project report evaluates the Halton Healthy Living Programme, of which there are four key strands - arts, complementary therapy, food and physical activity.
    • The local evaluation of Knutsford’s Healthy Living Network: January 2006 – December 2006

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2007-06-01)
      This was an exploratory study designed to evaluate the Knutsford Healthy Living Network (KHLN), one of many Healthy Living Centres (HLC) in the UK. The HLC initiative aims to ensure people can achieve their optimum state of health and well-being. The project report aims to establish the reach of KHLN services by monitoring the level of service usage using a database designed to capture service activity.
    • The National Healthy Schools Programme: A vehicle for school improvement? Case studies from Cheshire

      Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-10)
      This project report discusses the relationship between healthy school status and school improvement using case studies of three primary schools at different stages of the involvement with the healthy schools programme.
    • A qualitative evaluation of the Western Cheshire Community Weight Management Programme - Step by Step Healthy Weight and Lifestyle Programme - Interim Report

      Hughes, Deanna; Perry, Catherine; Thurston, Miranda; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2010-03)
      This report is an interim report for the evaluation of a community weight management programme, Step by Step. Western Cheshire PCT commissioned the University of Chester to evaluate the programme. The overall aim of the evaluation was to reveal the elements of the service that are most likely to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the programme.
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion

      Ward, Fiona; Collier, Kevan; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2007-06-01)
      This project report discusses the development and delivery of the RESPECT project, a personal development programme run by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service for young people in Cheshire who are at risk of social exclusion.
    • A small-scale study of disabled parents' experiences of local services in Cheshire

      Caiels, James; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2007-04-01)
      This report discusses the experience of disabled parents in Cheshire in order to represent diabled parents' perspectives on using local services and can inform local providers and advocacy groups on the strenghts and weaknesses of local provision.
    • Sure Start Blacon reach report, April 2004 - March 2005

      Ward, Fiona; Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda; Pearson, Charlotte (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-03)
      This project report discusses Sure Start computerised records (covering personal details of all registrations within the Sure Start programme and records of each serivce and which service users have accessed them) which allow the 'reach' of the local programme across Blacon to be established between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2005.
    • Sure Start Ellesmere Port reach report, May 2005 - December 2005

      Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-07)
      This project report discusses the 'reach' of the Sure Start programme in Ellesmere Port.