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Redesigning Health Information for Parents (ReHIP)

Welcome to the Redesigning Health Information for Parents (ReHIP) page.

This section provides an overview of the ReHIP project and materials to help you get involved in the developments.


This strategic redesign of resources primarily aims to improve the accessibility of parenting and health information for parents and carers.   The work also aims to ensure efficient use of public money in the redesign of a range of print and digital products covering pregnancy to 5 years.  The provision of information is a core component of a package of universal support to parents as part of the Scottish Child Health Programme, National Parenting Strategy and the Universal Pathway for Health Visitors Pre-birth to Pre-school.  Empowering parents with information to make choices also features strongly in The Best Start: A Five-Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland

NHS Health Scotland publishes over thirty early years resources for parents, many of which are included in the Early Years Information Pathway.  The largest are Ready Steady Baby! (a guide with 220 pages), which is complemented by a website, app, versions for young parents and parents with learning disabilities and Ready Steady Toddler!  NHS Health Scotland are leading the redesign, with a wide range of partners. The outcome will be to launch the first of a new suite of products during the financial year 20182019.


1. Assess the reach of existing resources:

  1. Ready Steady Baby!:  Guide, website, app, alternative languages (Chinese, Urdu, Polish, Arabic, Russian)  
  2. Ready Steady Toddler! :   Guide, website, alternative languages (Chinese, Polish)
  3. For parents with learning disabilities: My Pregnancy, My Choice, You & Your Baby (0-1 year), You and Your Little Child (1-5 years)
  4. Young Parent Survival Guide

See a timeline of the history to these products

The CHANGE resources for parents with learning disabilities - professional briefing paper (December 2015) describes the content, distribution routes and ordering methods for the CHANGE group of parenting resources, providing accessible easy read information for parents with learning disabilities

2. Maintain existing resources whilst the redesign is ongoing 

3. Assess the demand for a number of smaller early years publications referred to in RSB!/RST!, and whether the content can be incorporated within re-designed formats or through other channels and activities

4. If deemed appropriate, develop new content for age staged products, via co-production with parents and professionals and through the process of a Health Inequalities Impact Assessment:

  • Pregnancy – 6-8 weeks:  for distribution at the booking appointment
  • 6-8 weeks – 2.5 years:  for distribution at the 6-8 week check
  • 2.5-5 year olds: given at the 27-30 month check  
  • Alternative versions e.g. for parents with learning disabilities                                  

The demand and exact age ranges are to be explored with stakeholders as part of the redesign. 

5. Improve distribution channels and the promotion and use of products via staff capacity building and other activities, particularly with those working with families at risk of poorer health outcomes

6.  Develop and implement mechanisms for measuring the impact of all redesigned resources


In June 2017, we published the channel mix strategy, which outlines our strategic ambition to adopt a Digital First but not only approach to the redesign of the new products. The strategy includes a timeframe for phased introduction, key commitments, an overview of parent engagement, outcomes frameworks and project governance arrangements. 

We are now in an exciting phase of content development for our new products. We have issued a guidance briefing to support content leads, content owners and expert working groups to develop proposed content for the redesigned Ready Steady Baby! and 8 week-2.5 year product.

Progress reports on the first year of the project are also available.

Current consultations

ReHIP Health Inequalities Impact Assessment final report

Summary report from the ReHIP first-stage Health Inequalities Impact Assessment. This report includes an overview of the scope of the assessment, the findings, recommendations, short-term actions and a list of those individuals involved in the process. The full report is available upon request.  

With parents

In 2016-17 we consulted with 330 parents about the health information that NHS Health Scotland currently provides for parents and about what other information needs they have. 

summary report outlining what parents told us and what we will do as a result has been published. The full report is available upon request. 

Do you or your colleagues work directly with parents-to-be and/or parents/carers of children aged 0-5 years?  Would you like to help us gather parents’ views during the next stage of the ReHIP project?  Please get in touch with rose.vickridge@nhs.net for more information or if you wish to support this fundamental part of the process.

An information sheet and consent form can be shared with parents who are interested in taking part in ReHIP.

With professionals

NHS Health Scotland facilitated engagement events with professionals during October 2015.  These events aimed to raise awareness about ReHIP, elicit views on the current suite of resources and gauge interest in being involved in ongoing working groups. The ReHIP engagement events executive summary report is now available. It shares key findings related to parent involvement, and the content, format and distribution of health information resources for parents. It also outlines next steps in the project for each of the identified work streams.

In 2016 we engaged with a range of clinical and policy leads to determine the content (topics) which should be included in the new products. This is informing the decisions to be made by the ReHIP editorial group.  


A summary of what evidence and insights we have about the suite of Ready Steady products has been published to inform the redesign.

A number of research projects are linked to the aims of the redesign, which may be of interest:

We would be very keen to hear from other related areas of research.

SAPEP evaluation

In February 2016, NHS Health Scotland published the findings of a process evaluation of the implementation of the Scottish Antenatal Parent Education Pack across NHS Health Boards. To be considered as part of ReHIP content prioritisation and workforce development work packages.  

For more information contact

beth.mcnicol@nhs.net and paulamacdermid@nhs.net (job share).

Articles in this topic

  • Article

    Ready Steady Baby! – updated for 2016

    Ready Steady Baby! is distributed as part of the Early Years Information Pathway at booking appointments with midwives, and provides information about pregnancy until the child’s first birthday.

    • When was this last updated? 10/2/2016