Health

Healthier, happier people

One in four adults in England are obese and a further 37% are overweight.

Healthier

Regular walking, jogging and cycling can help guard against asthma, depression, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and some cancer.

People who take the bus or train to work instead of driving have a lower BMI and a healthier bodyweight.

Driving less means improved health, wellbeing, and less stress.

#DriveLessLiveMore

Keep Warm Keep Well

Keep Warm Keep WellBe prepared for the cold weather

Although winter weather and snow can be fun, it is also associated with an increase in illnesses and injuries. There’s more to feeling ‘under the weather’ than most people realise. Cold and wintry conditions can cause severe illness and, in the worst cases, people can die. The cold weather, combined with low levels of sunlight after the clocks go back, means that many of us can feel in poor health. However, with some simple precautions, most people can be prepared for the cold weather and prevent much of the misery often associated with winter weather. (more…)

Use your pharmacist for minor illnesses

Self Care WeekPeople across east Kent are being encouraged to visit their local pharmacist rather than a GP for advice on treating minor ailments.

Pharmacists can offer help and advice on many illnesses, such as colds or fever, which can be safely treated at home without the need to see a doctor.

They can also sell a range of medication – often at lower cost than a prescription – which will save both patients and the NHS money. (more…)

Self Care Week: Make the most of your NHS

Self Care WeekDuring Self Care Week (16 – 22 November) we remind you about why it’s important to choose well when accessing local health services, so that everyone can get the best out of the NHS.

It is important to make the most of the range of NHS services available to you and choose the right health service for your health needs. There might even be something you can do for yourself first, especially when it comes to minor ailments or injuries such as, colic, flu, sprains or strains.

You can make a significant contribution to your own and your family’s good health and wellbeing and take responsibility for it.’ It is important, therefore, that people understand what they can first do for themselves before accessing health services. (more…)

Be ready to beat the Norovirus bug

Kent County CouncilHealth officials are reminding Kent residents of some simple steps they can take to beat the Norovirus bug this winter.

Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in England and Wales; it can affect people of any age and is more prevalent during colder months.

The symptoms begin around 12 to 72 hours after the patient picks up the infection and can usually last for 12 to 60 hours, but sometimes longer. (more…)

Health Improvement Services Consultation

Kent County CouncilKent County Council is canvassing residents’ thoughts on a proposed new model for future public health improvement services that aims to assist them to live longer lives.

A consultation is underway to ensure that all KCC Public Health services are based around the needs of the person, encourage personal responsibility and, wherever appropriate, are delivered within integrated services. There will be a particular focus on the health inequalities within and between communities.

KCC Public Health Director Andrew Scott-Clark explains: “The way that Public Health currently commissions means that these services work independently and each has specific outcomes to achieve. For example; in the smoking services, success is measured by how many people have quit smoking. An individual may need to access a number of these services if they have more than one health behaviour that they wish to change. (more…)

Health Visiting and School Public Health Service Consultation

Kent County CouncilKent County Council (KCC) is seeking views on the proposed service delivery models for Health Visiting and the School Public Health Service.  Consultation responses will be used to improve services and ensure that they are designed around the needs of Kent residents. Residents are at the heart of what KCC do and how we deliver services.

KCC continues to actively engage all stakeholders, undertake ongoing service evaluation, research and focus group work to tailor all services to local needs. They value the opinion of all current, past and potential services users and want to create the opportunity for the wider public to shape service delivery in the future.

Kent County Council would like to hear your views on future models they have proposed to deliver services to children and young people, and which will best achieve the desired outcomes for the 0-19 population.

Consultation ends 14 December 2015

Kent County Council 2 November 2015

Provision of talking therapies in Kent

Ashford CCGEast Kent IAPT procurement

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is an NHS programme rolling out services across England offering interventions approved by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for treating people with depression and anxiety disorders.

The NHS in east Kent is committed to making sure that talking therapies are available for people with anxiety, depression and other common mental health problems. We want people who need talking therapies to get a high quality service and have a choice of provider.

The current contracts for NHS talking therapies which started in 2012 run out at the end of December 2015.

So the four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in east Kent, which plan and pay for the majority of local health services, have carried out a procurement for organisations to provide talking therapies from 1 January 2016 (more…)