Child health

The Academy of Medical Sciences is investigating the impact of improving health in the early years across the life course, and on the economic prosperity of the nation.

Status: Ongoing

Throughout 2023/24, the Academy of Medical Sciences has been undertaking a major policy project involving researchers, charities, policymakers, health and care professionals, parents and carers to examine the impact of intervening in the early years (from preconception up to age five) on the health and prosperity of the nation.

The first report, published in February 2024, brings together the current evidence of the impact of the early years on long-term mental and physical health and highlights examples of effective, evidence-based interventions that can be made to improve child and lifelong health. 

The report, co-chaired by Professor Helen Minnis FMedSci and Professor Sir Andrew Pollard FMedSci, recommends urgent actions that should be taken to have the biggest impact on children’s health now and to secure the health and prosperity of the nation in the future.