The Haringey Man MOT Project

Background and FAQs

Haringey Man MOT is an MHF project run in partnership with Haringey Council, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and others to provide an online health advice service designed by and for men in the borough. 

What is Man MOT?

Man MOT is a free, confidential online health advice service through which men can ‘chat’ directly to a GP (or other health professional) about any health problem at all via a computer, tablet or smart phone. No appointment needed.

The MHF has trialled the basic Man MOT concept and are now refining it by working on its design and delivery with the men of one borough - Haringey.

The first phase involved setting up the structures to deliver the project and researching what men in Haringey want:

  • how do Haringey men currently access health services
  • how do they use technology
  • how would they like to access health care using technology in the future. 

So far, we've published:

You might also be interested in the Haringey social marketing research: Men unaware of preventative services

I live in Haringey. How can I help?

We're still looking for Haringey men of all ages and all backgrounds to help in many different ways including publicity (very important), testing and feedback on the service. If you'd like to help, contact us.

I'm a health professional. How do I get involved?

Man MOT will enable men to 'chat' directly to you online. All the health professional needs is a computer. No surgery, no (missed) appointments, no needless visits to A&E, it's so much easier for everyone.

If you're a GP or any other sort of health professional at all (fitness coach, nutritionist, counsellor, sex therapist, alcohol advisor, smoking cessation advisor, physio etc etc) we want to hear from you. You can help on the other side of the screen by 'chatting' to men and/or by advising on how we can improve and develop the service.

If you'd like to know more, contact us.

Who is the team behind Haringey Man MOT?

In October 2014, Tracy Herd, formerly Healthier Communities Programme Manager at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, joined the team as project manager. 

She joins Men's Health Forum CEO Martin Tod, the Forum's editorial and creative consultant Jim Pollard and Dr Vanessa Bogle.

Jim's a health journalist, editor of the MHF websiteand author of several health books including the acclaimed User's Guide to the Male Body.

Few know health in Haringey as well as Vanessa, who is leading on the research. From 2005-2013, she was Senior Public Health Commissioning Strategist for the London Borough of Haringey. She is a Visiting Lecturer on various MSc Health Psychology programmes and is a research supervisor on the MSc and Doctorate Health Psychology programmes at City University.

Thanks also to Peter Tickle, who played a key role in the initial setting up and rolling out of Haringey Man MOT. Formerly, the Health & Wellbeing Senior Development Officer at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (THF) from which he was seconded to Man MOT, Peter moved to Manchester City in summer 2014 to become Health and Education Manager. We continue to partner with Spurs through the THF's excellent Health & Wellbeing Manager Maria Abraham.

How will the service be developed?

The MHF team will work with local men, health professionals, Haringey health champions and other partners to design what we hope could be a one-stop shop which is more accessible to Haringey men than existing services and which will improve disease prevention, early intervention and local signposting.

With Man MOT, Haringey is pioneering a new way of doing health: a way that's a lot easier for patient and health professionals alike.

The service launched in Haringey in April 2014. Our key challenges for 2014-15 are raising awareness among Haringey men and developing new partnerships in new localities.

In a few years time we'll be thinking that health care had always been this way.

How do I keep up to date with the project?

We want to hear from everyone - health professionals, academics, anyone at all who thinks they might have something to offer this innovative new approach to health care and most of all from the men of Haringey.

  • Thanks to everyone who has already helped on Man MOT including Diabetes UK, Family Planning Association, HEART UK, National Obesity Forum, Relate, the Sexual Advice Association and its original owners Pfizer.
  • Thanks to Duncan for the image used in our flyers.

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.