The World Health Organisation states that ‘Many factors combine together to affect the health of individuals and communities’. These can include features of the social, economic, physical and political environment as well as individual characteristics, behaviours, attitudes, motivations, beliefs and cultural practices.
A fundamental aspect of health visiting practice is the assessment of health needs and a proactive approach to preventing disease, promoting health, prolonging life, assessing development and reducing risk. An essential component of the health visitor’s role is therefore on-going assessment and review of family needs, relationship dynamics and circumstances in order to work effectively in partnership with families to address issues and concerns and foster healthy lifestyles, optimal health and development, safety and positive parenting.
The purpose of this game is to help students think about specific factors that impact on the health and well-being of the parents and/or children in the families that they are working with and provide an opportunity to raise awareness and share experiences about the multiplicity of factors that can interact to produce adverse outcomes in families, to reflect on the different ways that families cope and to consider the factors that predispose to resilience or vulnerability.
The game supports achievement of the Specialist Community Public Health Standards of Proficiency for specialist community public health nurses. In particular:
Surveillance and assessment of the population's health and well-being.
Identify individuals, families and groups who are at risk and in need of further support.
Collaborate working for health and well-being.
Raise awareness about health and social well-being and related factors, services and resources.
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