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Key public health indicators



National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

Lead analyst:

The National Child Measurement Programme is one element of the Government’s work programme on childhood obesity, and is operated jointly by the Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). The NCMP was established in 2005.

Every year, as part of the NCMP, children in Reception and Year 6 are weighed and measured during the school year to inform local planning and delivery of services for children; and gather population-level surveillance data to allow analysis of trends in growth patterns and obesity.

The NCMP also helps to increase public and professional understanding of weight issues in children and is a useful vehicle for engaging with children and families about healthy lifestyles and weight issues. To encourage engagement, parents can request their child’s results from their Primary Care Trusts (PCTs).

This topic page groups together the resources erpho holds on NCMP, under the headings shown below. Click on a heading to go directly down to the appropriate place on this page.

Latest additions, news and events

For the latest erpho report go to NCMP 2008/9: East of England update

Guidance documents for NCMP 2009/10 have been released:

  • click the following link to the DH website for

Please contact to add resources, provide comment or to update.

Resources and tools

Department of Health resources

The Department of Health has developed supporting resources for those involved with NCMP - this contains advise for PCTs, Schools, Parents and Children as well as general guidance on aspects of the programme, for example, measurement:

erpho resources

erpho is able to supply record-level datasets to PCTs within the Eastern Region upon completion of a data sharing agreement. Please contact one of the NCMP contacts below should you wish to do so.

Other resources

Data and analysis

For the latest erpho report go to NCMP 2008/9: East of England update

The 2007/8 report is available at: NCMP 2007/8: East of England update

Please contact one of the NCMP contacts below to discuss requests of erpho for NCMP data/analysis.

  Dr Sian Evans
  Laurence Ramsay