University receives international recognition for its health education designed to help new mums (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Teesside University receives international recognition for its health education designed to help new mums
A NORTH-EAST university has received international recognition for education to health students about breastfeeding.
The UNICEF Baby-Friendly Certificate was awarded to Teesside University’s School of Health and Social Care for its health visiting programmes.
Teesside is the first university in the North-East and the third university nationally to achieve the accreditation.
The Baby Friendly University Award was launched in 2008 and is the first such award in the world. It is designed to ensure high levels of training in breastfeeding are incorporated in midwifery and health visitor training courses. Staff at the university worked with partners at the NHS and health visiting students over a four year period to achieve the prestigious accreditation.
Lynette Harland, senior lecturer in community and childhood studies and lead for health visiting at Teesside University, developed a memory aid for breastfeeding which is now being used by UNICEF.
She said: “I am delighted that our programme has achieved this accreditation and feel it underlines the emphasis we place on partnership working to achieve quality in our provision and our commitment to ensuring the next generation of health visitors are highly skilled and educated.”
Vicky Head, infant feeding co-ordinator at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “This is a fabulous outcome for the health visiting services across Teesside and County Durham. I must commend Lynette for the dedication she has shown throughout the last four years.”
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