Monday, 4 November 2013

Hertfordshire professor writes chapter for chief medical officer report

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Much more needs to be done to improve children’s health in the UK as the chief medical officer’s latest independent report shows that the UK has five excess child deaths per day when compared to Sweden.

The report from Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser from the Department of Health, focuses on how to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people.  “Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays” includes a chapter on healthcare in school-aged children written by Professor Fiona Brooks from the University of Hertfordshire.

Professor Brooks, head of adolescent and child health research at the University’s Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC), looked at the drivers of resilience and well-being in children and adolescents aged 5-15 and how to improve the health of this particular age group.

Her chapter (Life stage; school years) highlights the need for society to support children to build emotional resilience, supporting children through better communication to learn from their mistakes and deal with life’s inevitable ‘ups and downs’.

The report, “Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays”,  includes twenty-four recommendations made after consultation with a broad range of experts, academics, clinicians and services providers, and listening to the opinions of children and young people.

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