The second was promoting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, as this was something the rabbinate (the religious leaders of the COJC) had rejected, contending that it did not apply to their community.
Health professionals also voiced the same concerns, and this led me to seriously consider the need for a booklet for professionals working with the COJC that would give them an insight into the Charedi Orthodox Jewish way of life.
Although a book has already been written for professionals on the subject, it lacks some specific information, including how to engage better with the COJC. The aim for my booklet is to be a joint collaborative piece promoting a better working relationship between the community and professionals.
My role as a clinical lead of the Orthodox Jewish Health Team has given me great insight into the COJC. Most of my work, apart from managing my team, is with the Rabbis and organisation leaders implementing programmes in schools and in the community.