Health & Wellbeing
Wellbeing for Life man challenge **Current**

Challenging all men in East Durham 

The Wellbeing for Life East Durham Hub are offering a special promotion throughout November and December. Any man over 16 years old, that signs up to the free service and has an appointment with a Health Trainer, will be entered into a special prize draw. 

All men who live or work in East Durham will have a fantastic opportunity to win a £100 voucher for any activity at Karting North East. Activities include offer the UK's leading Karting experience, Paintball, RX Buggies, Archery & Tomahawks and Off Road 4 x 4 is also available on the site near Sunderland. They say women go to the doctors and men die. A survey for the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign suggested that nearly twice as many men as women had not visited their GP in the past year, and it seems to be true for County Durham’s Wellbeing for Life service too. 

The Wellbeing for Life Service are supporting and promoting the health and wellbeing of men, by offering advice to live well by addressing the risk factors which influence their health. Wellbeing for Life Health Trainers support people on a 1-1 basis to help people make small changes in their lives. Health Trainers work with you, to achieve small goals that you set together. This could be around a lifestyle topic including increasing physical activity, health eating or stopping smoking, to mental health and resilience; encouraging people to maintain good health for themselves, and those around them. 

A Health trainer said “Wellbeing is about your health, happiness, opportunities and your overall quality of life. Our service aims to empower you to tell us what’s important to you, and to support you to make choices that will benefit you and your life. We can show you how to make small changes to improve how you feel, develop a healthier lifestyle and live a longer, happier life.” The wellbeing approach goes beyond looking at a single-issue and instead aims to take a whole-person and community approach to improving health. The service operates within the 30% most deprived communities in County Durham, making a difference to the individual and their sense of community. 

For further information or to enter contact: 0191 372 8710, email: Or visit:, facebook: @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService or Twitter: @WBFL_Durham

Help to improve the health of men and boys **Current**

Transforming the health of men and boys is a huge challenge, but the voluntary sector can help make this happen. Men’s Health Forum wants to find out more about what other organisations are doing to improve men and boys' health – to inform government and the NHS of the priorities of the sector - and, for those organisations that want it, spread the word about their activities. Whether you are from an organisation that supports or represents men and boys, or just interested in how you or your organisation can do more to support men, please take the time to fill in this survey. 

NHS needs £24bn more by 2022 ** Current**

The NHS will need up to £24bn more by 2022 than Theresa May plans to give it or patient care will worsen and treatment waiting times grow even longer, experts have said. Rising demand for care means the NHS budget in England will have to jump to £152.6bn by the end of this parliament, which could be as much as £24.2bn more than ministers have pledged. Read this article in full on The

Durham County Council, Adult & Health Commissioning **Current**

I am writing to inform you that David Shipman, Strategic Commissioning Manager for Learning Disability, Mental Health, Autism and Prison Social Care, has decided to retire. 

His replacement from November 1st 2017 will be Tricia Reed, who initially will be covering the post on an interim basis until March 31st 2018.

Do not hesitate to contact Tricia if you need to discuss any commissioning issues in more detail. 

Her contact details will be: Email: Tel: 03000 269095

Patient Record Access **Current**

Dear Colleague At the recent Health Action Group meeting - Paul Dodds from Bridge End Surgery / Chester-le-Street Federation discussed a national scheme, whereby patients can now access their own records, without the need to see their local GP. You need to register for this service with your GP Practice. 

Please click on the link below to find out further information. Paul notes that he would be happy to provide a presentation of this service at a future Health Action Group meeting 

Just to let you all everyone I had a lovely meeting with Jayne Raine today from Silver Line who is the community engagement officer (volunteer) and she is looking for groups to talk to about the services they provide. I am not sure how many of you are aware of The Silver Line but it is the charity set up by Esther Rantzen and there logo is’ THERE IS NO NEED TO BE LONELY’. 

They provide a free confidential helpline for over 55’s that is open 24 hours a day. They all so provide a service so that their trained ‘Friends’ will call you on a weekly basis or if you prefer write letters. This is an invaluable service and I am sure we all know someone who would benefit from it. 

If you or any groups you know would like Jayne to come and give a short talk about the services they provide you can contact her on:

Older homelessness is ‘ticking time bomb’ **Current**

A report from the Local Government Association warns that that the rising number of older homeless people will create significant extra pressures for councils, for example in providing housing and social care. The report aims to support local authorities in improving their population’s health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities, by tackling homelessness and its causes. 

Whistle-stop tour of how the NHS works in 2017 **Current**

The Kings Fund has created a short animation to show how the NHS works in England in 2017 and what changes are happening and in the pipeline. You can view it here.

Healthwatch County Durham's Monthly Newsletter **Current**

With updates, news and events throughout the area for November

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pdate: PHE Sexual health initiatives **Current**

We are pleased to update you on a number of sexual health initiatives: A new PHE marketing campaign on sexual health New Sexwise online resource HIV testing week 

Best wishes, PHE Partnerships Team

Alcohol Policy UK digest: October 2017 **Current**

Alcohol Policy UK aims to help the alcohol field stay up to date with news & developments.

Click for the updates

C Card Newsletter Autumn 2017 Edition **Current**

Please find attached the Autumn edition of the C Card Chat newsletter. We are no longer posting out a paper copy so please circulate to any appropriate staff. If you have any data from 2017 that hasn’t yet been forwarded to us please return it as soon as possible.

WBFL Contacts - North Hub **Current**

Please find attached, for all of those organisations working with Wellbeing for Life, a new list of contacts

Breast cancer screening survey **

We’re currently doing a piece of work around breast cancer screening – why some women take up the offer and why some don’t, with the intention that we can make recommendations to support more women to get screened. We’ve produced a short survey, which is open until the end of October. I’ve included the link with some text below. 

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness month we would like to learn more about the experience of breast cancer screening services and if there is anything that can be improved.  

As part of this, we have a devised a short survey and would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete.

Living Well Index **

Sainsbury's has launched a Living Well Index which measures the factors associated with how well we are living, from debt to health, social media and relationships. Key factors associated with living well include good quality sleep and feeling connected with your community and neighourhood. You can take part in a shorter version of the Living Well quiz to check your own status. You may also be interested in thinking about community wellbeing and the research conducted by What works Centre for Wellbeing.

National Health Service Choices (NHS Choices) **Current**

NHS Choices has included health tips and made information available on their website to support Stay Well This Winter. The campaign is aimed at keeping people informed of how they can stay well during winter to help them avoid having to be admitted to hospital. They are urging older and vulnerable people to arrange to have their flu jab either through their GP practice or their local pharmacy.

Healthwatch County Durhams's Monthly Newsletter **Current**

With updates, news and events throughout the area for October

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FREE Flu Vac for Carers **Current**

Carers over the age of 18 can use their Durham County Carers card to receive a free Flu Vaccination in pharmacies across County Durham. It makes sense for Carers to protect themselves as the NHS fear the approaching winter to be the worse flu season in many years. When Carers protect themselves they are also reducing the risk to the person you care for. Carers need to present their Carers Card at their local pharmacy to receive this free of charge. Please note - up to 80% of pharmacies in County Durham are offering this service, so people need to ask at the point of booking and if they are not providing it FREE they should try an alternative pharmacy.

Please visit our website for more information on how Carers can apply for a card.

Healthwatch County Durhams's Monthly Newsletter **Current**

With updates, news and events throughout the area for September - Click here

Eat Wise, Drop a Size Celebration **Current**

Members of a Wellbeing for Life Eat Wise to Drop a Size group are celebrating feeling healthier and happier after attending the ‘life changing’ group for over a year now. Eat Wise Drop a Size runs every Friday 10am-12noon and is a free, friendly class that supports people to make healthier food choices, get more active, lose weight and improve lifestyle. They are inviting anyone who may be interested in joining to attend a one year celebration event on Friday 22nd September, 10am-12noon at St. Patricks Church Hall in Consett.

“It makes a tremendous difference to us” said Flo Robson, 74 who has lost over 9kgs and reduced her blood pressure and cholesterol since attending the group. “I used to be stuck at home on my own, now I’ve made so many friends I’ve had to buy a diary to remember everything! It has changed my life, I feel healthier, happier and look forward to it every week.” Wellbeing for Life Health Trainer Wendy Marlowe runs the sessions and says “Healthy eating is not just about managing your weight; it is also about improving your general wellbeing. Over 40 people have accessed this group in the last year and all have successfully dropped at least one size in clothes. 

Many have found that their health has benefitted from losing the weight, such as lowering their blood pressure, reducing their medications and finding it easier to get around more. In addition, many of the group have found that there social life has also had a boost from the friendships formed. They organise days out together, support each other with difficulties they are experiencing and some attend a gentle exercise class together; which has helped with their weight loss.” 

If you would like to know more about how it could benefit you, go along to find out more about what the service can offer or contact Wendy on 07825 196656. For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service contact freephone: 0800 8766887 or visit:, Facebook: @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService Twitter: @ WBFL_Durham

Smokefreelife County Durham Newsletter **Current**

Please find attached the latest newsletter from Smokefreelife County Durham for your information

Durham Community Action …. **Current**

Dear Colleague We need your say! 

Do you work with the frail elderly or those with long term health conditions? Do you have an interest in the Integration of Health and Social Care? Do you provide or collaborate of any locally led community services such as lunch clubs, befriending services or other projects that bring together the frail elderly or those with long term conditions in a community setting? If so, you may be aware that Durham Community Action (DCA) is working our colleagues in the sector, and health and social care services to develop engagement of the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) in County Durham with the programme to integrate Health & Social Care in County Durham. 

The primary objective of this work is to develop a coherent and consistent framework for the VCS and Teams Around the Patients (TAPs) to provide joined up community led services for frail elderly people and those with long term health conditions. DCA would like to ‘take the temperature’ of the current level of engagement across the sector by gathering some initial thoughts from the you. To that end we would appreciate if you (or the most appropriate member of your organisation) could complete the following survey questions for us by Wednesday 6th September. 

Please click the link to complete the survey : 

Many thanks in anticipation and should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either Jo Laverick or Kate Burrows at DCA.

Health and social care **Current**

Co-occurring mental health, and alcohol and drug use conditions PHE has published guidance on commissioning and providing better care for people with co-occurring mental health, and alcohol and drug use conditions. The guidance is aimed at commissioners and providers of mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services. It's also suitable for support services that have contact with people with co-occurring conditions. 

The guidance supports implementation of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and represents an action from the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat national action plan.

Healthwatch County Durham Newsletter **Current**

Healthwatch County Durham's Monthly Newsletter, with updates, news and events throughout the area for August

County Durham Dementia Advisor Service, Newsletter No. 6 **Current**

Please see attached the latest newsletter from the County Durham Dementia Advisor Service. I hope that you find it useful and informative. Please feel free to share the newsletter with your colleagues as appropriate.

Healthwatch County Durham Newsletter **Current**

Healthwatch County Durham's Monthly Newsletter, with updates, news and events throughout the area for July

Smoke free life county Durham **Current**

Please find attached the latest information from Smoke Free Life in Co Durham

Fay Stelling 
Outreach Stop Smoking Advisor & Driver 
Smoke free life County Durham 
MJ Award Winner 2015 Public Health Partnerships

Drug Strategy 2017 **Current**

Dear colleagues, 
Please find attached the new National Drug Strategy which has been published today. Once agreement has been reached about the new developments for the County Durham Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy Group, Drug Strategy Group and the Tobacco Action Plan, we can consider this document to ensure we align all key themes highlighted into our pending Plan on a Page action plan.

Health Action Group - Dates for your Diary **Current**

Please find below diary dates for the next year 2017 / 2018 as promised at the last Health Action Group meeting. 
All meeting are the first Wednesday of the month, and all are 10am – 12 noon in The Lounge, Bullion Hall, South Approach, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. DH2 2ES 

Dates for your Diary · 6th September 2017 · 1st November 2017 · 3rd January 2018 · 7th March 2018 · 2nd May 2018 · 4th July 2018

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter July 2017 **Current**

Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. 

If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.

County Durham Dementia Advisor Service, Newsletter No 6 **Current**

Please see attached the latest newsletter from the County Durham Dementia Advisor Service. I hope that you find it useful and informative. Please feel free to share the newsletter with your colleagues as appropriate.

New Tinnitus Support Group starting 16th August 2017 **Current**

We have a new tinnitus support group starting in Sedgefield on Wednesday 16th August at Skerne Medical Group in Sedgefield.

We would be grateful if you could share this information with anyone who may not be on E-mail and share in any newsletters, social media etc. We would ask anyone who is interested to contact Durham Deafened Support Admin 

Please note our new address from the 26th June 2017 Durham Deafened Support c/o Horden Social Welfare Centre Seventh Street Horden Peterlee Co. Durham SR8 4LX 0191 5183358

Health and Wellbeing Board Annual Report 2016-17 **New**

Please find attached for information the Health and Wellbeing Board Annual Report 2016-17.

 Alcohol Policy UK update: June 2017 **New**

Alcohol Policy UK aims to help the alcohol field stay up to date with news & developments. Got a question or suggestion? Email us or try 020 8296 0134.

Healthwatch County Durhams's Monthly Newsletter **Current**

With updates, news and events throughout the area for July