National Health Service

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 8th March 2011.

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Photo of Mary Scanlon Mary Scanlon Conservative

Question S3W-39583

To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to NHS boards regarding the (a) criteria, (b) recording and (c) use of the Health Plan Indicator for children under five.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

Guidance regarding the Health Plan Indicator (HPI) was contained in A New Look at Hall 4, The Early Years, Good Health for Every Child, launched on 18 January 2011.

The criteria for allocation of the HPI should be based on the assessed need of the individual child and family.

The Health Plan Indicator should continue to be recorded on the Child Health Surveillance Programme – Pre-school (CHSP-PS) system. Work is ongoing to ensure this system supports practitioners in light of the changes.

The HPI should relate to the assessed needs of the child and family. The guidance makes clear the need for flexibility in the allocation of the HPI as well as the need to revisit the assessment as child and/or family circumstances change.

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