• Commissioning training for behaviour change interventions: Guidelines for best practice

      Powell, Katie; Thurston, Miranda; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2008-09-01)
      This report discusses advice in encouraging healthy behaviour to improve people's health and their quality of life through brief advice, brief intervention, motivational interviewing, social marketing, and training and delivery.
    • Establishing the reach of Cheshire Children's Fund: April 2006 - March 2007

      Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-01)
      Monitoring and evaluation is a significant and obligatory element of Children’s Fund projects nationwide, with statutory returns made to the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The aim of the additional monitoring work commissioned by Cheshire Children’s Fund and carried out by the Centre for Public Health Research was to provide a more detailed picture of the children who had been referred to services, and for what reasons. This was made possible through the development of a system to track individuals and capture routine service data.
    • Evaluation of the Dads group at Blacon Children's Centre

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; Mann, Frances; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-04-27)
      This study was designed to evaluate Blacon Children’s Centre Dads Group. A mixed method approach was used, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative methods. Through combining the findings from the various sources, some key issues were identified, as well as areas for development. Nearly all of the dads who were attending the Dads Group, along with all of the regular service providers, participated in this study, and thus the findings should accurately reflect perceptions of the service.
    • An evaluation of the delivery and outcomes of Halton Lodge Children's Centre's French language teaching service: La Petite Ecole

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-07)
      This was an exploratory study designed to provide an overview of the processes and outcomes of the La Petite École service, to aid Halton Lodge Children's Centre staff in deciding future strategy with regard to language teaching activity. A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods were employed. The evaluation found evidence that the La Petite École service at Halton Lodge Children’s Centre was meeting its aims and objectives. The La Petite École service provides opportunities for enjoyable and shared experiences leading to the learning of basic French vocabulary for both children and adults.
    • Mapping and gapping services for children, young people and families in Blacon

      Ward, Fiona; Goldthorpe, Joanna; Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda; Perry, Catherine; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2009-01-01)
      This research report provides a map of the services available to children and families in Blacon and explores whether there are any gaps in provision.
    • The National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Cheshire and Merseyside: Perspectives of people with a sensory impairment

      Powell, Katie; Perry, Catherine; Thurston, Miranda; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-01-01)
      An report is an exploration into the accessibility of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme for those with a sensory impairment. The aim of the research was to explore the experiences, perceptions and understandings of people with a sensory impairment of the first stage of the screening process, from invitation to participate, to completion of a faecal occult blood test.
    • Parents as sex and relationship educators: A local evaluation of Speakeasy 4 Parents

      Perry, Catherine; Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-06)
      This was a small scale-study designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Speakeasy 4 Parents course in improving participants’ knowledge, skills and confidence to communicate and discuss sex and relationship issues with their children. A predominantly qualitative approach was adopted. There is evidence in this study that the Speakeasy 4 Parents courses run at Children’s Centres in Cheshire have been effective, from the perspectives of parents attending the courses and professionals facilitating them.
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Final Report

      Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; Alford, Simon; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2009-10)
      The RESPECT programme was funded for three years from the Government’s Invest to Save initiative. It brought together a number of elements of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s earlier work with young people in a concerted attempt to tackle wider challenges pertinent to the fire services and partner agencies. RESPECT was a targeted intervention for young people living in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington who were aged 11 to 16 years and who were disaffected and/or displayed antisocial behaviour.
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Option One impact report

      Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; Collier, Kevan; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-04)
      A three year evaluation was built into the RESPECT bid in order that the individual, community and societal benefits of the programme could be quantified and evidenced. This report is part of the outcomes evaluation. Its focus is to explore and evidence the short and medium term impact of the Option One courses upon the young people who were allocated places during 2007.
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Option Two Impact report

      Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2008-09-01)
      This report discusses RESPECT - an scheme funded for three years by the government's Invest to Save initiative which offers targeted intervention for 11 to 16 year olds who are disaffected and/or displaying anti-social behaviour with the aim of re-motivating them. The impact of option two (led by Youth Federation) on programme attendees between May 2007 and April 2008 was evaluated and key findings are listed.
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Phase Two evaluation report

      Ward, Fiona; Collier, Kevan; Thurston, Miranda (University of Chester, 2008-01-01)
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion. Option One - Social Return on Investment

      Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2009-11)
      This research report evaluates the RESPECT programme, which targeted 11-16 year olds who displayed anti-socal behaviour.
    • Review of local alcohol harm reduction strategies in Cheshire and Merseyside

      Mann, Frances; Thurston, Miranda; Cawley, Lucinda; Bridgman, Stephen; University of Chester; ChaMPs Public Health Network; NHS Western Cheshire (University of Chester, 2008-10)
      This report reviews local alcohol strategies in Cheshire and Merseyside.
    • Sure Start Halton Children’s Centres: User satisfaction survey

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-05)
      Children’s Centres are required to establish, on an annual basis, the percentage of parents with children aged 0 to 5 years reporting that they are satisfied with the services for families with young children. The Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR) was commissioned to undertake this survey of parent and carer satisfaction with Halton Children’s Centres’ services in February 2008. The survey was the first of this kind to be carried out on behalf of all Halton Children’s Centres.
    • Understanding the impact of the Cheshire Children’s Fund: Findings from 11 family case studies

      Ward, Fiona; Powell, Katie; Thurston, Miranda (University of Chester, 2007-12)
      The Children’s Fund was created in 2000 as part of the Government’s commitment to tackle disadvantage amongst children and young people. The aim of the Fund was to facilitate the development of more extensive and better co-ordinated early intervention services for children and young people aged 5 to 13 years who were at risk of social exclusion. Cheshire Children’s Fund, the local response to this national initiative, is guided by the Children’s Fund Partnership which is made up of representatives from local voluntary and statutory organisations. The aim of this research was to explore the impact of a number of projects which had received funding from the Cheshire Children’s Fund, specifically to learn how these projects had worked with children and families where there had been a positive outcome. The objectives of the research were to identify, for each child or family, the reasons for the provision of a service, the type of service that had been provided, and the impact that it had had on their lives. The research explored the factors that enabled a positive outcome for each family: the similarities and differences between the cases were also examined to determine whether any contributing factors were present across the services. The 11 projects were selected to cover a range of themes to reflect the breadth of the Children’s Fund work in Cheshire. They provided a range of services under the headings of crime prevention, promoting inclusion, success in schools and family support.
    • Use and experiences of front-line health services amongst Black and Minority Ethnic residents of Western Cheshire

      Ward, Fiona; Powell, Katie; Thurston, Miranda; Cleary, Paul; University of Chester; Western Cheshire PCT (University of Chester, 2008-06)
      This small-scale study was designed to explore the use and experiences of front-line health services within the Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust area amongst residents belonging to black and minority ethnic groups. A qualitative approach was adopted for the study as the aim was to explore perceptions and capture experiences.
    • Warrington Community Alcohol Service: Final evaluation report

      Mann, Frances; Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda; University of Chester (University of Chester, 2007-11-01)
      An evaluation of a Community Alcohol Service, delivered by a local PCT's Alcohol and Drugs Service (ADS).
    • Young people and sunbed usage in Cheshire

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2009-11)
      This report investigates the use of and attitudes towards sunbeds amongst 14 and 15 year olds in Cheshire through a questionnnaire which was distributed to 666 year 10 pupils in four Cheshire schools.