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CANCELLED - 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.


Undertaking a health assessment

Undertaking a health assessment

Florence Merredew and Carolyn Sampeys

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.


Medical advisers to fostering and adoption panels, paediatricians and panel chairs.


  • 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 4 June 2020, London.


Dr Carolyn Sampeys - Designated Doctor for Safeguarding, National Safeguarding Team, Public Health Wales NHS Trust

Carolyn has a professional leadership role across Wales for NHS staff working in adoption and with looked after children (LAC). She has 22 years' experience as Named Doctor for Adoption, Fostering and LAC in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and as a Medical Adviser in adoption and fostering to two local authorities and a Regional Adoption Collaborative in south Wales.

She represents the NHS on the Wales National Adoption Service Advisory Group, the National Fostering Framework Steering Group and the Ministerial Advisory Group: Improving Outcomes for Children.

Carolyn was chair of the BAAF and CoramBAAF Health Group for eight years and is co-editor of Promoting the Health of Children in Public Care and co-author of Undertaking a Health Assessment.

Lindsay Groves - Named Doctor for Safeguarding Children, North Wales

For more than 20 years Lindsay has been the Lead Doctor and Adviser for Looked After Children, Adoption and Fostering in North Wales and the Medical Adviser for Adoption for Conwy (one of the six local authorities in North Wales). 

She represents the Health Board at the North Wales Adoption Partnership Board and on the LAC steering group of the NHS Wales Safeguarding Network.

Lindsay is also the Medical Adviser to the National Adoption Service Advisory Board (Wales).


Registration 9.30am – 9.55am*
Start  10.00am*  
Close  4.00pm* 
Refreshments/lunch provided 

 *Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member £105.00 + £21.00 VAT - Total £126.00

Individual CoramBAAF member £85.00 + £17.00 VAT - Total £102.00

Non-member £130.00 + £26.00 VAT - Total £156.00

Adopters/Fosters carers £85.00 + £17.00 VAT - Total £102.00

Student discount for all fees 20%


Telephone 020 7520 2041/43

Email [email protected]


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