Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Time for a Life Check?

Today I gave a presentation to the Yorkshire and Humberside Maternity Modernisation Forum, which consisted of maternity service commissioners and heads of midwifery. My angle was on the aspects which matter most to new mothers and their families.

Dr Julie Jomeen from the University of Hull gave an inspiring presentation on the care pathways they are in the process of setting up for maternal mental health. More information to follow.

I also learned today about the NHS Lifecheck scheme.

NHS LifeCheck is an online health service that will help people assess and manage their own health. The NHS LifeCheck programme is based upon a commitment in the 2006 Government White Paper ‘Our Health, Our Care, Our Say’ to initially develop three NHS LifeChecks for early years, adolescent and mid-life. Since then the Department of Health has been working with partners including health and social care professionals, academic researchers, stakeholders, experts and the public to develop these three NHS LifeChecks.

Relevant to my area of interest is the Early Years Life check.


The NHS Early Years LifeCheck is for parents and carers with babies 5-8 months old. It is based on the Department of Health’s ‘Birth to five’ publication and provides current information and useful advice about what parents can do to help keep their baby healthy, happy and safe. The service has been developed by the Department of Health in consultation with doctors, parents, carers, nurses, midwives and health visitors.

Has anyone used it out there? Did you find it useful? Please let me know!

Going to try the MidLife health check myself!

The venue today was Pontefract racecourse - very pleasant.



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