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Man MOT Haringey

Help the MHF with a new project for Haringey Men.

The MHF is running a new project 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 involves 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. 

It’s a great idea but to make it work best for the blokes in the borough we need your help.

Haringey smartphoneHow can I help with the research?

We're looking for Haringey men of all ages and all backgrounds to help in many different ways:

  • fill in a survey online
  • take part in a face to face survey
  • take part in face to face interviews going into more depth
  • join focus groups with other men to help with the research
  • join groups of men to tell us what you think will work best with Haringey men
  • check out some of our ideas and tell us what you think.

If you'd like to do any or all of these, 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?

Jim Pollard is managing the project for the Men's Health Forum. Jim's a health journalist, editor of the MHF websites including malehealth and author of several health books including the acclaimed User's Guide to the Male Body.

Few know health in Haringey as well as Dr Vanessa Bogle who is leading the research side of the project. Since 2005, she's been 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.

The team is completed by Peter Tickle. Also well-known in Haringey, Peter is the Health & Wellbeing Senior Development Officer at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation from which he is seconded. He's been key in delivering health checks and the club's other programmes in the community and also coaches Spurs Ladies team.

What have you produced so far?

Outputs from the development phase of the project include:

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.

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.


Page created on June 12th, 2013

Page updated on January 22nd, 2014