Become a member of an involvement panel and help shape the research project.
Childhood overweight can lead to serious health problems, resulting in high costs to NHS and other services. All 4-5 and 10-11 year olds in England are weighed and measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), and parents receive the results by letter. Overweight affects 1 in 4 children aged 4-5 years and 1 in 3 aged 10-11 years. Urgent action is needed to address this. Parents play a key role in managing children’s weight but tend not to know when their child is overweight, and so are less likely to take action.
The research team's previous work created the MapMe intervention. MapMe aims to support parents to recognise child overweight and act upon the NCMP result by providing body image scales (images of children ranging from underweight to very overweight) and information on the consequences of child overweight, healthy eating, physical activity and sources of support. MapMe has been tested with a small group of families with overweight children and the results were encouraging, with those overweight children whose parents were provided with MapMe achieving a healthier weight 1 year later when compared to those whose parents were not provided with MapMe.
The research team now need to confirm these findings, understand how MapMe works, and determine if it offers value for money. They have obtained National Institute for Health Research funding to complete this important work, which will work alongside the NCMP from March 2020 – February 2023.
Parental input on this is crucial so they would like to set up a Parent Involvement Panel (PIP) for the study so that parents can have input into the research such as refining MapMe, informing the data we collect and how we collect it, and contributing to how we share our findings. Training will be provided to all PIP members.
To be on the panel you must have a child or children who are currently in any of the following year groups:
If you do not fit into this criteria but know of people who do, please share this opportunity with them if you think they might be interested in getting involved.
As a member of the panel you will be asked to attend meetings with the study researchers throughout the study. Your input and feedback will be used to shape the study, the data collected, the methods used and how the findings will be disseminated.
There will be approximately 4 meetings per year. Meetings my be more frequent at certain stages of the study. The study also has a steering group and so 2 members of the Parent Involvement Panel will be asked to attend these yearly steering group meetings.
Meetings will take place between May 2020 and February 2023.
Given the current circumstances and the restrictions placed on us due to the Coronavirus, meetings will be virtual and any tasks asked of the PIP will be completed online until we are advised it is safe to do otherwise.
Once able, meeting times will be arranged to take place on Newcastle University grounds or other venues convenient to the PIP.
Members of the panel will receive £19.40 per hour for taking part and travel expenses will be covered.