You don’t have to be a health professional or deliver health services to have a positive impact on the health of the community you serve.
The CVS Health Network supports and informs organisations and individuals who engage with the community and who are therefore well placed to cascade opportunities, news, training and resources. This in turn benefits and informs that community – consequently having a positive impact on health. Anyone may join the Health Network – this is an open-information resource. Local information circulated will link either directly or indirectly to health. Contact Vicky Attwood for more information.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice
Please see our dedicated webpage for all the latest advice and guidance.
Update to local health services
Read the Read the update.
NHS 111 Online to help people with coronavirus
If you have any symptoms the NHS 111 online service has been put in place to help people get quick advice about coronavirus, as enquiries to the health service.
Health equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 years on
Ten years since the publication of The Marmot Review, for the first time in more than one hundred years, life expectancy has failed to increase across the country, and for the poorest ten per cent of women it has actually declined. Over the past decade health inequalities have widened overall, and the amount of time people spend in poor health has increased since 2010. Because health is closely linked to the circumstances in which we are born, grow, live, work and age, large funding cuts, under the banner of austerity, have had an adverse effect.
See website: http://www.instituteofhealthequity.org/resources-reports/marmot-review-10-years-on/marmot-review-10-years-on-full-report.pdf
Wellbeing and Mental Health Texting Service
The Texting Service aims to offer emotional support to people who may prefer to communicate via text.
This is a public service available to anyone in Lancashire suffering with their own mental health and wellbeing, or that of someone they know. Standard text rates may apply, please check with your provider. them by calling Contact 0800 915 4640 or by texting ‘Hello’ to 07860 022846. For more information please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/texting-service. If you would like leaflets, posters and other promotional materials sending to your workplace please contact the admin office on 01253 447900.
24/7 Mental Health Crisis Response Line
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s Mental Health Urgent Response Line is now available on 0800 953 0110 and the lines are being operated by trained mental health professionals who will offer help, advice, mental health assessments, referrals and access to the Trust’s wider mental health services, including home treatment. This number can also be used by anyone looking for advice if they are worried about someone else. It means that the Trust has one phone number for urgent help available 24/7 for anyone of any age instead of a range of numbers for different services in different places.
Free and innovative befriending service for people with sight loss
Sightline have launched a free befriending service for adults with sight loss. The fully trained befrienders are available seven days a week and may cover any time from 8am to 10pm. People are matched with a befriender, based on a variety of factors (e.g. interests, hobbies and availability), and develop a regular confidence-building befriending relationship over the phone. Befriending services are a great way to alleviate loneliness, improve mental stimulation, and boost wellbeing. See more information about how the service works, how to refer to it, or see large print leaflet to share. For enquiries and further information call 0800 587 2252, email email@example.com or see website: www.sightline.org.uk
Cottage Lane Mission’s Free Befriending Service
The focus is mainly for those who have no family (or family are far away) and live alone. All the volunteers are DBS checked and will have had references taken and had an induction & dementia friends session. Please promote this service which is for anyone, either living in their own home or a care environment and includes people living with dementia. Please contact Amanda Boult – firstname.lastname@example.org – if you have any questions. Help with recruiting volunteers is also needed.
Video tells story of Well Skelmersdale
This short film is about Skem, told by the people of Skem. It is 11 minutes long and can be viewed here. Please get involved, ask questions, and like and share our story via social media and other online channels. The aim of Well Skelmersdale is to create a connected community, by revolutionising the town, into a hub for health, wellbeing, leisure, enterprise, culture, learning and raising educational aspiration. In order to achieve this, Well Skelmersdale will unleash the potential of its residents, places and assets and it will connect skills, education and employment. In addition, it will also provide a networking opportunity, bringing together community businesses, voluntary, faith and community organisations (both public and private). Finally, it will utilise to its fullest, the green space that that the town is blessed with and will beautify its built environment, reframing health and ultimately making a real difference to real people. If you would like to learn more about Well Skelmersdale, you can visit the website, or get in touch via email@example.com.
Act FAST for Stroke
Public Health England and the Stroke Association urge everyone to Act FAST if they spot any one of the signs of stroke. A person loses 2 million nerve cells every minute that they do not receive medical treatment during a stroke. Nerve cells are the core components of the brain and the more that are lost, the greater the chance of permanent disability or death. The faster you act the more of the person you save. Public Health England and the Stroke Association have produced a video showing what could happen if you Act FAST compared to waiting to see if someone gets better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc9OF64H4sE&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Stroke%20Association&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6289227_CAP01%2019%2F10%2F15%20FAST&utm_content=FAST%20video Please spread the word about stroke by sharing this FAST video with the wider community. It\’s already reached 35,000 people, let’s keep it going. See more: http://stroke-email.org.uk/1VKM-3QSSR-90KWFD9CB9/cr.aspx?v=2
Be Clear on Cancer
PHE has launched a national Be Clear on Cancer campaign to drive awareness of the risk of breast cancer amongst women over 70 including increasing their knowledge of lesser-known symptoms.
A Focus on Skelmersdale
Please click the link to read the full report on Skelmersdale commissioned by West Lancs CCG – www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/resources/corporate-documents/ . The introduction to the document is here – www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/introducing-a-new-report-the-seven-wards-a-focus-on-skelmersdale/
Former sports stars step-up to help stop suicide stigma
Please read the latest press release about the Lancashire & South Cumbria suicide anti-stigma campaign, “Let’s Talk To Prevent Male Suicide”. Two 40 second films have been produced as part of this campaign.
The films include former professional footballer Paul Stewart, and former professional rugby player Danny Sculthorpe. Both of these men have a lived experience of suicidal thoughts and gave up their own time to appear in the films.
Links to the films are included in the press release so please share them through your networks and media platforms. You can also access them through the male suicide prevention website: https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/malesuicide
The Every Mind Matters national mental health campaign
‘Every Mind Matters’ encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and help them discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.
The campaign provides useful resources to help you spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offering practical self-care tips and guidance, and explains when to seek further support.
There is a free NHS-approved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, which helps you build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and help you feel more in control. To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own action plan, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
View local resources: The Lancashire County Council website now includes the Every Mind Matters campaign and details the local resources available to you and your employees and managers.
Sign the concordat: Within the Every Mind Matters Brand Guidelines for Partners is an ask – To join a growing movement of organisations committed to taking action to prevent mental health problems search Prevention Concordat For Better Mental Health For All
NHS Check Before You Tick campaign returns to help patients understand their eligibility for free prescriptions
‘Check before you tick’ is an ongoing campaign which launched last year and increased patient awareness and knowledge of the need to check eligibility before claiming free prescriptions. The campaign is running again from this week to provide information and tools for both patients and advisers to use all year round.
The campaign is based on insights from research among patients and focuses on those people making benefit-related claims who felt they needed more support to understand they are not automatically exempt. It encourages people to use an online eligibility checker tool from the NHS, which takes less than five minutes to complete.
The online eligibility checker, along with further information about eligibility, will be available to download here, including alternative formats such as large print, easy read and BSL. Further support is available via a helpline. The ‘Check before you tick’ information and supporting campaign materials can be downloaded from Public Health England’s Campaign Resources Centre.
‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ campaign launched to tackle stigma of feeling alone
Loneliness Minister Mims Davies has launched a campaign to help to tackle the stigma of loneliness and encourage people to speak out. ‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ brings together charities, organisations and businesses including The Marmalade Trust, the Co-op Foundation, the British Red Cross, the Campaign to End Loneliness, Mind, Public Health England and the Jo Cox Foundation to help people talk about their feelings. Read more.
Cervical Cancer Week
See Jo\’s Trust or the NHS website for more information.
Heart Failure Awareness
Heart failure is a long-term condition meaning that your heart is not pumping blood around your body as effectively as it should. Typically, it is managed by lifestyle changes. The most common symptoms are fluid retention (swollen ankles, legs and tummy), extreme tiredness and breathlessness, especially when lying flat. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, lack of appetite, weight loss and a high heart rate. If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, visit your GP. As with many conditions and diseases, lifestyle choices are crucial and can impact someone’s levels of risk of developing heart problems. Risk factors include smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, high cholesterol, weight and diabetes. In West Lancashire, 63 per cent of adults are classed as overweight or obese, and more than 18,000 people have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Dr John Caine, West Lancashire GP and chair of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says: “Heart failure does not mean your heart stops just that it is not working as it should. “In West Lancashire, more than 1,250 people have been diagnosed with heart failure by their GP, but prevention is always best and there are clear risk factors associated with heart failure, many of which can be easily controlled with careful adjustments to lifestyle choices while boosting general health and wellbeing. “The evidence is clear – we need to work together and educate people how to take control of their own health and minimise their risk”. Visit www.nhs.uk and search ‘healthy body’ to see suggested healthy heart tips, which include giving up smoking and getting more active. The NHS online resource has a top a 10 health heart tips section, which if adopted can help us all to ensure that we keep our heart healthy. See website: www.pumpingmarvellous.org
Campaign – ICON: Babies Cry, You Can Cope
Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire Safeguarding Children Boards, and the Pan-Lancashire Child Death Overview Panel, launched a campaign which aims to help parents and carers to cope with a crying baby. The call for resources comes from a number of infant deaths and serious case reviews where a baby has died or been seriously injured as a result of abusive head trauma. The programme – ICON: Babies cry, you can cope – provides key messages and resources to let parents and carers know that infant crying is normal and there are methods which can be taken in order to cope. Resources include leaflets, posters and video clips which can be shared with parents and carers at any contact had with midwives, health visitors, GPs, social workers, and other professionals working with families. A full communications brief is attached. Please share this information widely.
Sexual violence campaign
The Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a sexual violence campaign to highlight the issue and the support available through Lancashire Victim Services. You can find full details around the campaign on the website at www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/events-campaigns/sexual-violence-campaign/ Please share the campaign messages through your channels. See the campaign social media banners and posters attached. If you require posters with tear off strips you can order these by contacting Kathrin.firstname.lastname@example.org, please state how many posters you would like to order. If you require any further information please contact Steff Hull, Victims & Vulnerable People Officer Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire on 01772 538414 / Steffani.email@example.com See websites:www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk / www.lancashirevictimservices.org
‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ National Campaign
Lancashire County Council are supporting Public Health England and NHS England, with the launch of the first ever national cervical screening campaign targeted at women who are eligible for screening (those aged 25 – 64 years). The NHS Cervical Screening Programme has made a significant impact on cervical cancer mortality since it was established in 1988, saving an estimated 5,000 lives a year. Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year and around 690 women die from the disease. It is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented however, attendance is at a 20 year low, with one in four women in the UK not attending their cervical screening.
- Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts by preventing potentially harmful cells developing.
- Don’t ignore your cervical screening invite. If you missed your last cervical screening, book an appointment with your GP practice now.
- Cervical screening (or the smear test) isn’t a test for cancer.
- Cervical screening checks the health of the cervix and can prevent potentially harmful cells from developing; screening can stop cancer before it starts.
- Your friendly nurse is there to put you at ease. For tips on how to make cervical screening more comfortable, visit www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening.
- Cervical screening lasts about five minutes, and you only have to go once every three or five years depending on your age. Its five minutes that could save your life.
Advice on making the screening test more comfortable includes:
- Talk to your nurse – they are trained and experienced in how to make your test comfortable.
- Wear a loose skirt or dress, you may feel more covered during your appointment.
- Take a friend or family member with you if it will help you feel more comfortable.
See poster. For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening
The local NHS England Public Health Commissioning team are running a campaign for patients unimmunised against shingles. This is in line with national patient eligibility guidance and is aimed at addressing poor uptake in shingles vaccination rates across Lancashire and South Cumbria. Please read the Public Health England and NHS England campaign plan and see a shingles eligibility poster.
Blood in your pee campaign
Public Health England has produced a number of posters about their \’Blood in Your Pee\’ campaign. Male poster / female poster Read more here.
Be Clear on Cancer Breast Cancer in Women over 70 Campaign
Public Health England relaunched the Be Clear on Cancer Breast Cancer in Women over 70 campaign. A poster and supporting information are now available. The Breast Cancer in Women over 70 campaign has run across England twice before. As well as reminding older women that the risk of breast cancer increases with age, the campaign also seeks to increase awareness of breast cancer symptoms, particularly non-lump symptoms. The campaign urges women who notice any changes to their breasts to visit their GP as soon as possible. If breast cancer is diagnosed early, it is more likely to be treated successfully. More details on the campaign can be found in the briefing sheet. Communications Toolkit – The communications toolkit containing an overview of the campaign and various tools, such as for social media and resources for disabled people and the BAME community, can now be downloaded from the CRC. Order the following items :
- Campaign Leaflet
- Symptom card – also available to pre-order in translations of Bengali , Urdu, Gujurati and Punjabi.
- Posters (A4 and A3)
- Pharmacy packs
Please note delivery of these materials will commence from mid-February. If you require bulk ordering for any pharmacies, hospitals, GP surgeries, housing associations, care homes, libraries or any other relevant settings please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org As part of the campaign, they are looking for stories of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer when they were 70 or older, after they noticed a change to their breasts and went to their GP. This will help women to recognise the symptoms of breast cancer and encourage them to see their doctor promptly if they notice any changes to their breasts. If you, or someone you know, was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 70 or over and would be willing to share their story then please email Beclearoncancer@freuds.com for more information.
Keep Antibiotics Working Campaign Launch
Public Health England (PHE) has launched a national campaign, highlighting that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk of more severe or longer illness. To help keep antibiotics working you are urged to always take your doctor or nurse’s advice on antibiotics. Documents are now available on the PHE Campaign Resource Centre (CRC) to aid in supporting the campaign.
Be Food Smart
The Change 4 Life campaign was created by Public Health England highlights the surprising amount of sugar, saturated fat and salt found in everyday food and drink has been launched to encourage parents to ‘Be Food Smart’. Without realising it, we are all eating too much sugar, saturated fat and salt. The Change4Life ‘Be Food Smart’ campaign brings food labels to life, enabling families to make healthier food and drink choices. Get tips, suggestions or activities or download the free Be Food Smart app: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/be-food-smart
Spot the Signs of Sepsis
A nationwide sepsis awareness campaign has been launched to help parents and carers of young children recognise the symptoms of sepsis. The campaign includes a film featuring mother and campaigner Melissa Mead, who lost her baby son William to sepsis in December 2014. The campaign urges parents to call 999 or take their child to A&E if they display any of the following signs:
- looks mottled, bluish or pale
- is very lethargic or difficult to wake
- feels abnormally cold to touch
- is breathing very fast
- has a rash that does not fade when you press it
- has a fit or convulsion
Read more For further information on sepsis, visit www.nhs.uk/sepsis or www.sepsistrust.org
Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options Across the area there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue. Read more.
Staying well is not always easy – campaign highlights vital needs of older carers
Carers Trust have launched an awareness raising campaign called ‘Speak up for older carers. See Department of Health blog.
Campaign to End Loneliness
The missing million: a practical guide to identifying and talking about loneliness There are an estimated 1,100,000 people who are 65 and over who are chronically lonely and difficult to reach. This guide aims to support commissioners, service providers, front line staff and volunteers in identifying people who experience, or are at risk of experiencing, loneliness. It also provides recommendations on how best to engage in a dialogue about loneliness, and offers examples of effective approaches to supporting older people. Read the Report Read the Campaign publications.
Better Pregnancy Outcomes
Department of Health launched the “Our Chance” campaign in partnership with Sands and Best Beginnings. Our Chance aims to raise awareness of issues that can lead to stillbirth and highlight lifestyle changes women can take to improve their likelihood of having better pregnancy outcomes. Find out what support is available at ourchance.org.uk.
National Hate Crime Awareness
Attached is an information pack about the Commissioner’s #SayNoToHate campaign. There is also an online pledge that people can sign at www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/saynotohate
Health care professionals promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all and to create awareness of some lifestyle changes that could make a big difference to individual’s vision and eye health. There is a lot of useful downloads and information on the website: www.visionmatters.org.uk
Public Health England encourages parents to vaccinate against measles, mumps and rubella
PHE is calling for all parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). For more information, read the PHE press release
Lancashire Mind Open Access courses – cancelled
Lancashire Mind has cancelled the three Open Access courses (‘Understanding Self Harm’ and ‘Managing Mental Health in the Workplace’) until a later date.
They have shared some electronic resources that may be helpful to you and your staff during these uncertain times:
Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org/
Lancashire Mind ‘Need Help Now’ – http://www.lancashiremind.org.uk/need-help-now/
Mind ‘Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing’ – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Free mental health training and resources for small charities
Mind has launched a free e-learning programme designed specifically for small organisations. Mental Health for Small Workplaces is made of three modules: Building your awareness, Looking after yourself and Supporting each other. You can find a link to the eLearning and a selection of supporting resources here.
Free courses to improve health and wellbeing in Central Lancashire
Free courses will be offered to people over 18 in West Lancashire to help them keep well, stay well and live well later this year run by Lancashire and South Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Lancashire Recovery College. Courses are designed to support your wellbeing with topics including traditional Lancashire cookery, understanding stress, techniques to help you relax and dealing with gambling. They are looking for partners to get involved in the work that is being progressed to support recovery. If you would like to get involved, please contact Suzie Smith and Hasan Sidat from the Recovery Team – email@example.com or 01772 695365.
Understanding and responding to gambling-related harm: A brief guide for professionals (free e-learning: 2 hours)
Royal Society for Public Health with GambleAware. A resource with useful guidance for those providing brief interventions to address risks and harms related to problematic gambling. It contains an optional topic for organisational leaders wishing to set up and implement the processes necessary to support workers to provide intervention. The programme covers:
- What is a brief intervention?
- How to provide a brief intervention
- Important considerations and responding to affected others
- Requirements at an organisational level (optional topic)
- Resources to aid brief intervention
Go to link: https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-services/e-learning/courses/understanding-and-responding-to-gambling-related-harm.html
Red Cross first aid courses
The Red Cross offers first aid courses aimed at groups who support people more likely to need first aid in specific areas that are facing higher risks in particular crises, including adults over 65 whose health may put them more at risk of sudden illness of injury, for example, through trips and falls. For more information please contact Rachel Simm – firstname.lastname@example.org Read more.
Alzheimer\’s Society Dementia Friends Programme
Alzheimer\’s Society Dementia friends programme is their biggest ever initiative to change people\’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Stigma and lack of understanding cause many people with the condition to experience loneliness and social exclusion, so dementia friends hopes to tackle this by creating more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly. If you would like training delivered at your organisation, or would like to find out more, please contact Joe Sherville – email@example.com
Lancashire Mind Training Courses
Lancashire Mind can deliver in-house flexible training options to your workforce, from conferences to small groups and open access. All proceeds from their training stay in Lancashire to support the mental health and wellbeing of people across the county. Click here for their brochure. For more information on how Lancashire Mind can help you support your staff email firstname.lastname@example.org
Crisp (Carers information and support programme) course
A free, four week course aimed at informal carers who care for a person with dementia. Sessions are once a week and last for two hours. They cover a range of topics including, what is dementia, information about benefits, lasting power of attorney, activity ideas, services and support. When a person is diagnosed with dementia, they and those who care for them don’t become an expert on this subject overnight so, the crisp course gives carers the information they need to help them deal with this condition. It’s also an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. For more click here . For more information, please call 01704 539967.
All Health Network events are currently cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Are we listening? Our review of children and young people’s mental health services
Are we listening? describes the findings of the CQC’s independent review of the system of services that support children and young people’s mental health. The report finds that too many children and young people reach ‘crisis point’ before accessing mental health services. Government commitments of funding and community intervention are welcome and signal that this is rightly being treated as a priority. However, the pace of delivery needs to accelerate. The way that Government departments work together needs to improve. National and local bodies need to make sure that they put the mental health needs and wellbeing of children and young people at the heart of their decision making.
Find health and social care services and share your experience
You can find Lancashire health and social care services and leave feedback using the Healthwatch Lancashire website – Share an experience today here
Eric Wright Small Grant Pot 2021/22
The Eric Wright Small Grants fund is running again in 2021/22 for grants of up to £500. There are no deadlines. Please read the guidelines carefully before completing the Application Form 2021-22 .
Funding Advice Available
If you are a voluntary or community organisation based in West Lancs then help is at hand through the CVS. We can help with searching for funding opportunities, completing funding bids and offering advice. Contact Vicky Attwood on 01695 733737 or email email@example.com.
NHS England podcast: Teaming up with the voluntary sector to transform care
Partnership working between the voluntary sector, local government and the NHS is crucial to improving care for people and communities. But how can health and care systems make sure they involve local charities and social enterprises in the most effective way? This new NHS England podcast explores the answer, featuring a trio of perspectives and a range of examples of how joined-up working is making a difference to patients, communities and staff. With voluntary sector organisations often having an impact well beyond what statutory services alone can achieve, this podcast provides useful insights into how to maximise local assets to transform care. Listen to the podcast here.
Social prescribing – new resources available
The Social Prescribing Network has published a new document – Making sense of social prescribing – covering various aspects including:
- what is social prescribing;
- why do social prescribing;
- what do different models look like;
- what makes a good link worker;
- what makes a good referral;
- governance and risk management;
You can find Making sense of social prescribing here.
New NHS app will make it quicker and easier to access health services
The free app allows patients to make GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions, and access their GP record safely and securely. See website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-nhs-app-will-make-it-quicker-and-easier-to-access-health-services
The VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool
The Health & Wellbeing Alliance has launched the VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool. This online tool will help your organisation to audit its engagement with Inclusion Health groups. These are the groups identified as experiencing the worst health inequalities in the UK. The tool consists of five sections and takes around 15 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the audit tool, you will be provided with a unique and tailored guide which will help your organisation to embed action on tackling health inequalities into its everyday activities. Access the tool here.
Stroke Information Guide
Organisations across Lancashire and South Cumbria have worked together to create an easy to understand Stroke Information Guide to provide access to good quality, appropriate information for professionals, stroke patients, their families and carers and anyone affected by stroke. The information within the guide aims to be useful to aid recovery and prevent an initial or further stroke. The guide was created with the involvement of health and care professionals, local people, stroke survivors and their carers and relatives. The toolkit is here . The Act F.A.S.T campaign toolkit (including social media content) is now live and can be accessed here: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/9/resources/3705
Looking after someone – a guide
Produced by Carers UK, \’Looking after someone’ is a guide for anyone caring for family or friends. This resource outlines your rights as a carer and gives an overview of the practical and financial support available.
Communities and health
The role of communities in improving health is receiving increasing, and long overdue, attention in health policy and practice. Stronger recognition of the role communities can play and greater involvement are needed if there is to be a successful move to population health systems. As part of this shift in focus, sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems need to take the role communities can play in improving and sustaining good health seriously. This \’explainer\’, created by the Kings Fund is a good starting point for those wishing to understand more. The Kings Fund also provides a reading list for those who want to explore this topic further, which you can find here.
Find Out More About Health Apps
Health apps can present a fantastic opportunity to provide valuable health information which can help not only improve the quality of healthcare, but also help people to live healthier lives. The market is awash with apps though, and it is difficult to see whether what is being downloaded will actually improve our health or if our personal data will be stored safely. West Lancashire CCG have partnered up with the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications (ORCHA). ORCHA carry out independent and impartial reviews of health and care related apps and have developed a website for West Lancs. Any apps shown on this site have undergone a rigorous review process, thus enabling users a tool to help choose the best app for them. Visit westlancs.orcha.co.uk to learn more.
Measuring wellbeing – a new guide
Do you want to better understand if and how your charity affects the wellbeing of those you support? If so, take a look at this new guide from What Works Wellbeing, which has been designed specifically to help small and medium-sized charities evaluate their impact on wellbeing. It contains useful step by step information including what to measure and the type of questions to ask.
Macmillan Move More Programme for West Lancashire residents
The Move More programme is continuing to support anyone who have had a diagnosis of cancer in the past or are living with cancer now to get more active. The service is provided by a highly specialist multidisciplinary team that fully understands cancer and the effects on the person and provides an in depth assessment of their needs and abilities. They can advise on what physical activities are available, refer to local exercise schemes, and also have cancer specific exercise programmes to give people confidence. The team has many contacts with other organisations ensuring there are lots of different opportunities to exercise that are not in a gym environment including gardening, walking groups amongst many others. Although based in Ormskirk hospital, they visit all areas of West Lancashire. Benefits of increasing physical activity include reducing recurrence of cancer, reducing fatigue, increasing mood and well-being as well as many other health benefits. To find out more contact them on 01695 656268, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for Move More or call in to the physiotherapy department at Ormskirk hospital Mondays or Fridays (excluding bank holidays) and ask for the Move More Team.
Health Resource Kit A short selection of sources that focus on mental wellbeing, eating well and being physically active which can be used for general self-care. Read more.
Public Health England (PHE) Health profile for England
This report draws on population health data to give an overall picture of the health of England. It finds that life expectancy has now reached 79.5 years for men and 83.1 years for women but that much of this extra time is spent in poor health. A major theme of the report is health inequalities as the data shows that in the wealthiest areas, people enjoy nearly 20 more years in good health than those in the poorest areas. Read the Report or see the Press release.
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme
To mark Diabetes Week, NHS England has produced a short animation, following a fictional character’s journey on discovering he was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The Lancashire Insight website contains valuable statistics and intelligence about Lancashire. Read the latest newsletter which you can subscribe to for free.
Keeping Ourselves Well
The One You Campaign has a page with information about Diabetes as well as a wealth of other conditions. See website: ttps://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/diabetes#iSaEBkUQqUV6AGPk.97
Cancer, Older People and Advocacy
Recruit older people affected by cancer then train and support them to advocate for their peers. See website for more: http://opaal.org.uk/app/uploads/2017/02/Time-our-gift-to-you.pdf
My Cancer Treatment
A directory of NHS cancer services across England. Search by postcode, hospital or cancer type to locate and compare services, both locally and nationally.
The Mental Health of Children and Young People in England The purpose of this report is to:
- describe the importance of mental health in CYP
- describe the case for investing in mental health
- provide a descriptive analysis of mental health in CYP in England
- summarise the evidence of what works to improve mental health in CYP in order to inform local transformation of services.
What is social prescribing?
Winter Warmth Guide
West Lancs CVS has developed a Keep Warm in Winter resource pack full of useful hints and tips, includes some recipes to keep warm in the cold winter months.
Disability Rights UK Care Act guide
This guide has been written for and from the perspective of disabled people. It is intended to be used by disabled people and people with long-term health conditions who have support needs. The guide does not cover everything that is in the Act but concentrates on those parts of the legislation that are most relevant to people of working age. Links to other information are provided at the end of this guide.
Living With Dementia Guide
DEEP, the UK Network of Dementia Voices, have launched a guide Our Rights, Our Dementia. It is based on and talks directly to people with dementia. The guide brings together, in one place, the facts about some of the key rights relating to dementia in the UK – including hands-on routes to claiming those rights.
Local Health Information
The Lancashire Insight website brought together the contents of the former Lancashire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (health and wellbeing) website and the former Lancashire Profile website (economic, social and MADE content) into one place. The web links contained within the headline summaries below take you to the actual web pages on the Lancashire Insight website, where you can find further information and access to the full report and data for each topic http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/lancashire-insight/
Rare Revolution – the Free Rare Conditions Digital Magazine
The first of its kind, this quarterly digital magazine gives a voice to the 3.5 million people in the UK that are living with a rare condition. In addition it will give a platform to the patient groups and charities that support over 7,000 different rare conditions. Contributions include those from rare disease advocates and patients that will review some of the brilliant and innovative rare patient, educational and professional resources that exist. See website: http://www.rarerevolutionmagazine.com/
Improving Early Years Services from Pregnancy to Age 5
The hub developed by the Child and Maternal Health Observatory provides easy access to key resources, including government policy, guidelines and guidance, reports, data, evidence summaries and examples of what works in practice. You can search or browse resources by topics such as healthy pregnancy; good health and development; healthy weight; speech, language and communication; relationships and resilience; and safe from harm. The knowledge hub is freely available at www.chimat.org.uk/beststart
Be Clear on Cancer Respiratory Campaign Resources
There are some good resources for the Be Clear on Cancer respiratory campaign on the Campaign Resource Centre The Be Clear on Cancer Respiratory Symptoms Toolkit is now available; this contains information regarding the campaign rationale, overview, stats and facts, key messages, BAME and disabled activity, PR, roadshows, case studies, social media, and campaign material. The Campaign Briefing Sheet is available, the following artwork suites are also available:
- Press advertisements in bothLandscape and Portrait
- Pharmacy bag artwork for professional printing
- Six Sheet Advertisementsfor partners to use in outdoor spaces
Don’t forget… The Pharmacy and GP kits, posters and other resources are also available to order. If you are from a partner organisation and require bespoke artwork, you can request resizing of any artwork and/or the addition of your logo. Visit the Campaign Resource Centre for more information including:
- An ‘Overview‘ of the campaign
- Access to all ‘Resources‘
- Details on ‘Getting Involved‘ with the campaign
- ‘Insight‘ on the campaign
- ‘Evaluation‘ for the campaign
Local Alcohol data
See website for West Lancs figures: http://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/local-alcohol-profiles/data#page/0/gid/1938132984/pat/6/par/E12000002/ati/101/are/E07000127
Useful Resources from Public Health England
see link: Health matters – Box
Health Matters: Giving every child the best start in life
The fifth edition of PHE’s Health Matters, a resource for public health professionals, which brings together important facts, figures and evidence of effective interventions to tackle major public health problems, focuses on giving every child the best start in life and specifically the crucial period from pregnancy to the age of two.
See website for lots of resources: http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx
Public Health England. A practical guide to healthy caring
See link: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/nhs-practcl-guid-caring.pdf
What is a healthy diet?
The \’Eatwell plate\’ has been given a makeover – click here.
Alternative Guide to Mental Health Care in England
From the Kings Fund. See website: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/alternative-guide-mental-health-care-england
Alzheimer’s Research UK presents #sharetheorange – share with others
Online video – campaign produced by Aardman Animations, featuring actor Christopher Eccleston, whose father suffered from dementia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9MvEZskR6o The background explanation is at: http://www.aardman.com/ais-london-aardman-create-campaign-for-alzheimers-research-uk/
Poor beginnings: health inequalities among young children across England
This report is based on official data published by Public Health England and it looks at four key measures of young children\’s health and wellbeing: obesity, tooth decay, accidental injury and school readiness. It pictures the health of children under five years old living in England and shows how growing up in different areas of the country can have an impact on the likelihood of experiencing a poor health outcome before starting school. See website: http://www.ncb.org.uk/media/1228318/ncb_poor_beginnings_report_final_for_web.pdf
OPAAL’s Older People’s Cancer Voices film project
The project, funded by Department of Health, supports older people affected by cancer to engage with health and care professionals to raise awareness of the issues that are important to them, and to disseminate messages about the benefits of advocacy support. This project is about amplifying the voices of older people affected by cancer so that health and care practitioners and commissioners see the value of advocacy. See the four films on the website: http://www.opaal3.cswebsites.org/default.aspx?page=26992 For more information please contact Ang Broadbridge, OPAAL UK, Older People’s Advocacy Alliance, 07854 880 675 / email@example.com website: www.opaal.org.uk
Real People of Lancashire Report
The “Real People of Lancashire” research campaign encouraged the residents of Lancashire to have their say on what matters to them when it comes to health and social care by taking part in an interactive activity. Please click here to download this report
Carers Rights Guides
Please see website: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/get-resources/carers-rights-guide
“Identifying and responding to suicide clusters”
A resource to assist local organisations prevent linked suicides in their areas, often referred to as ‘suicide clusters’, has been produced. More information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-resource-to-prevent-linked-suicides-in-local-areas
Connect with personal health budget holders at peoplehub
Peoplehub is the national user-led network for personal health budget holders, bringing people together to share experiences and help shape national policy. You can find out more about them on the peoplehub website or by joining their Facebook group. Hear more about the important contribution peoplehub makes in this short film.
The importance of measuring and acting to improve the mental well-being of children and young people
Measuring mental well-being in children and young people shows that raising levels of mental well-being influences a child’s ability to learn, their resilience to risky behaviours and their physical and mental health in adulthood. PHE’s resource is designed to help local organisations decide how to best gauge the mental well-being of children and young people in their areas. More information: http://www.yhpho.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=213417
Posters for young people
The NHS Youth Forum has launched a series of posters for young people. From discussions with young people it was clear that they were confused about their rights when receiving health services. The series of posters focus on young people\’s right to consent, their right to complain and their right to comment and give feedback on the services that they receive. The posters come with an overarching leaflet that gives more information about each topic. The leaflet is also available in audio and easy read versions.
Men need humour and camaraderie to lose weight
A How to guide by the Men\’s Health Forum charity, and supported by Public Health England, is the first to show how to adapt and run weight-loss programmes that are tailored specifically for men.
Video of West Lancashire\’s Health Profile
This video gives some key facts and figures about the health of the population in West Lancs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=476bf3GdK9E
Evidencing Your Value
Everyone talks about evidencing your value but how? Here are some resources and tools which may help
- The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement – the Return on investment Calculator
- Department of Health – Measuring Social Value: How 5 social enterprises did it
- The Cabinet Office, Office of the Third Sector – Social Return on Investment – an introduction
- Charities Evaluation Service – Outcome and Outcome Indicator Banks
JSNA Intelligence for Healthy Lancashire
Do you need information and data to evidence the need for your project? Or evidence your impact? Do you need information/data about a particular topic or area in Lancashire? The Lancashire County Council Intelligence for Healthy Lancashire, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a hugely valuable resource with information, data and toolkits which can inform your organisation\’s strategic and operational development and provide evidence of need for, or evidence of impact projects/activities. CLICK HERE to go to the website Information is available in the following topic areas:
- Children and young people
- Community safety
- Economic participation
- Education and lifelong learning
- Housing and households
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Social capital
- Social support
The FIND database includes information about disabled children up to 18 years old in Lancashire. Families are invited to submit details about their disabled child to the database, which is used to develop an overview of the needs of disabled children across the county to assist with planning services. Click here to find out more.
Health Network Event October 2019
Read the report here.
CVS AGM 27 February 2018
Read the presentations: Eric Wright Trust
CCG AGM / CVS Health Network 26 September 2017
Read the report here.
CVS AGM / Health Network 25 April 2017
Read the report here. Please see the presentations from the day below: Greg Mitten, West Lancs CVS
Gareth Dowling, West Lancashire Dementia Action Alliance+
Paul Kingan, West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group
Dianne Gardner, Public Health, Lancashire County Council
Caroline Flynn, Macmillan Information & Support Centre
Rebecca Mason, Heritage Lottery Fund
CCG AGM / Health Network 27 September 2016
Click the link to read the Question and Answers transcript.
One West Lancs Showcase and Forum 6 July 2016
Please click here to read the report from the event. To read the presentations please click the links below:
The Health Case for Being Physically and Socially Active – Sandra Bonner
Ensuring Community Connection through Digital Inclusion – Pamela Holstein
Crowdfunding – Anne Strachan
Health Network Event 26 April 2016
The report is available here. Click on the links below to read the presentations:
Health Network Event / CCG AGM
The report from this Health Network Event held on 22 September 2015 is available to read – HNE Report 22-9-15. There were presentations by Greg Mitten, Mike Wedgeworth, Paul Kingan and Mike McGuire. Please click here to read the presentations in full.
One West Lancs Showcase 2015 / Health Network Event
The report from this event held on 13 May 2015 is now available to read – please click here and presentations are available to read on the One West Lancs website shortly – www.onewestlancs.org/forum.html
Report from the Health Network Event 18 Feb 2015
Digital psychosocial interventions for alcohol and substance misuse available
Inspire North and Central Lancashire will now be providing digital psychosocial interventions for (low level) service users via phone, Skype, email etc.
Some examples of referral types
- Those who are working full time and therefore cannot access groups or key working appointments in the day or evening or for personal reasons that they cannot be seen to engage with the service
- Those with illnesses (physical and mental) that prevent from getting out of the house/ cause mobility issues
- Those in rural areas where engagement with the service activity is restricted
- Those who may ask for digital work so long as they are suitable
Read more or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
ADHD North West provide a range of services for families affected by ADHD and associated conditions. See poster . Please promote this service to parents.
See referral form . Parents can also self-refer.
For more information please contact Barbara Worrall – email@example.com
Children & young people’s wellbeing coaching
Free service working with children aged 10-18 (not currently being seen by CAMHS) to help them make different choices to improve their mental wellbeing.
Please see flyer.
It consists of an average six 45 minute sessions over a number of weeks. The focus can be on any issue – low self-esteem, motivation, managing emotions, stress etc.
This coaching is funded by Children in Need.
EFFECT is a peer led initiative aimed at supporting our local communities.
- Are you a family member or a loved one of someone in addiction?
- Are you feeling isolated and struggling to connect?
- Have you felt powerless over a loved one’s addiction?
Come and visit one of their accredited family coaches at an informal weekly drop in session at: P.U.L.S.E, Unit 73 Concourse Shopping centre, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LN every Tuesday morning from 10.00am – 12.00pm.
Cancer support group helped John on the road to recovery
A year on from a life-saving operation at Southport hospital a pensioner has described his care as “brilliant” and said his care has continued in the community.
Hospital staff and Macmillan Cancer Support are continuing to monitor and give advice and guidance to John through telephone conversations as well as informal monthly meetings of a colorectal support group.
The Colorectal Cancer Support group meets on the second Friday of each month between 1pm and 3pm at The Grove Community Centre, Station Approach, Burscough, L40 0RZ (next to Burscough Bridge train station). For further information please telephone 01704 704250.
Read full press release.
Stop Smoking Drop In Sessions
You can also refer yourself (or someone can refer on your behalf) Click here for poster.
Quit Squad 1-1 appointments
(appointment only). See more.
Mental Health Access Line
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is providing a Mental Health Access Line (MHAL) that will support people’s mental health needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The project aim is to divert as broad a range of mental health issues as possible away from A&E and into the lowest intensity appropriate care as possible.
Calls transferred in to the Mental Health Access Line will come from North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) 111 where staff will be able to appropriately triage people in to the right care and service. The service aims to patient experience by preventing people experiencing mental health difficulties being transferred to A&E departments unnecessarily or being detained in the wrong environment. The MHAL will improve multi-agency working and collaborative decision and improve the wellbeing of individuals and support their carers or families.
The facility is based within the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) office at Broughton and is available to callers across Lancashire over the age of 16. The MHAL will also support the professional MH helpline by offering advice and information to Lancashire Police via a dedicated telephone line. The MHAL will use a Directory of Services and available locality based clinic slots to support patients in to the right care.
Health Literacy Toolkit
Health Education England, in partnership with Public Health England, NHS England and the Community Health and Learning Foundation, have launched Read more or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org