BACD believes the national “Weigh to Go” campaign will improve equity of care for all children and young people and be a driver of positive change in all our services. 

Membership Accreditation

We have devised four levels of membership:

  • Green
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

To gain accreditation trusts/providers will be required to collect data from their centre(s) and return to BACD for analysis. Feedback will be provided to each trust/provider regarding their audit data and accredited to the appropriate membership level.

Pilot of data collection 

Four pilot sites, Evelina London Children's Hospital, Great Ormond St Hospital, Solent NHS Trust, and Great North Children's Hospital, completed an audit in June and July 2022 to assess compliance with the “Weigh to Go” Standards of appropriate weighing and measuring children at every visit. Following the pilot BACD has developed an Excel spreadsheet for each trust/provider to use as a data collection tool, and a Word document proforma for each champion to complete for their trust/provider in order to outline.

The proforma will request information with respect to:

  • resources for weighing and measuring children in all settings
  • policies and procedures with respect to staff training of how to weigh and measure all children (typically developing, those with physical neurodisability and those with neurodevelopmental diversity) 
  • care pathways in place to support children and young people who are not growing appropriately, and need onward referral and/or intervention.

The four pilot site centres, based on the audit data completed, would currently be at green or bronze membership level, with areas for improvement that could be implemented highlighted. There is clear evidence that striving towards higher level membership will improve clinic resources, staff training and access to equitable care for all children. 

Weigh to Go resources

At present BACD has committed to providing each trust/provider with a pack including “Weigh to Go” stickers and badges and PDFs of posters that can be printed for each department to explain the initiative. In the future we may ask participating trusts/providers to contribute to further ordering of stickers and badges depending on the ongoing cost and demand. 

The “Weigh to Go” website will also become a site from which resources, such as specialist growth charts, training tools and advice can be downloaded for use.
Please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] to obtain further information about Weigh to Go.

Next steps

  • Launch the Weigh to Go website (late September/early October) and allow providers to register their interest
  • Providers to nominate a Trust/Provider Champion for the “Weigh to Go” campaign and commit to complete an audit during November 2022
  • The champion (and their colleagues) to collect data on minimum 30 patients who are attending outpatients or are current in-patients

British Academy of Childhood Disability is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1177868
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