CoramBAAF Open Course

Adult Health Assessments


Analysing adult health assessments is a key element of assessing adopters and foster carers. This includes providing reports and evidence-based comments so that panels can reach appropriate decisions. This workshop is designed to support medical advisers in their role. It is particularly suitable for new or inexperienced medical advisers.

This workshop will consider the Medical Adviser's role in adult health assessments for foster carers and adoptive parents. It will address:

  • what you need to know to be a good Medical Adviser in adoption and fostering;
  • how to interpret adult health assessments and provide quality medical advice to adoption and fostering agencies and panels;
  • the principles of adult health assessments, including examples of complex and challenging situations;
  • adult health advice in special guardianship situations;
  • the issues that arise from adult health reports brought to panels including obesity, smoking, alcohol and mental health and chronic disease.


  • To become more informed and be able to provide high quality advice when reporting on adult health assessments for panels
  • To be able to ensure that reports regarding adult health assessments are informed by and backed by research
  • To be able to make the links between adult health issues and the impact on meeting the needs of adopted and looked after children

NB. This workshop runs alongside Child health assessments.


Dr Carolyn Sampeys and Dr Deborah Price Williams


Medical Advisers and Community Paediatricians with a special interest in looked after children and adoption, LAC nurses and panel Chairs.

On open courses we can accommodate a maximum of four delegates from one organisation only. For a larger group booking, please see the information on commissioned training.

Total of 22 places available.


Undertaking a health assessmentBook - Undertaking a health assessment 2017

Authors: Florence Merredew and Carolyn Sampeys (2017)

Comprehensive and well analysed health assessments of children and adults are vital to ensuring that children’s health needs are addressed in fostering, adoption and kinship care placements. They are also crucial to ensuring that family health information accompanies looked after children into adulthood, and for effective planning for children’s future needs. The CoramBAAF health forms, developed by experienced health professionals, are key to this task and a UK-wide quality standard.

Undertaking a health assessment is designed to help health professionals to utilise the various CoramBAAF health forms that contribute to comprehensive evidence-based health assessments of looked after children, including those with an adoption plan, and prospective foster carers, adopters and kinship carers.


Registration 9.45am*
Start  10.00am*  
Close  3.00pm* 

 *Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member - £115.00 + £23.00 VAT = £138
Individual CoramBAAF member - £95.00 + £19.00 VAT = £114.00
Non-member - £140.00 + £28.00 VAT = £168.00
*Adopters/Fosters carers - £95.00 + £19.00 VAT = £114.00

*Please contact our events team via email to secure your place. 


Telephone 020 7520 2043



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