Health

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Quality Voice Partnership

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An innovative new partnership has been developed in Calderdale between West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC). The fire service has been delivering Safe and Well visits to people in their homes across Calderdale since April 2017. These free-of-charge visits involve fire crews identifying potential fire risks within the home. WYFRS believe they’re delivering a quality service but wanted to find out from customers themselves, what they thought about the service they had received and whether they had acted on the advice and information given.

Together with VAC, the Quality Voice project was created and has been running since June 2017. Local volunteers are recruited and trained to contact people by phone and ask them how they found the experience. Volunteers attend VAC’s Resource Centre each month for a few hours to make the calls. The information collected is analysed by WYFRS and used to improve the service.

Martyn Greenwood, Calderdale District Commander for WYFRS, said

Our partnership with VAC has been a great way for us to connect with the local community through volunteers. The volunteers have helped identify the high quality of our Safe and Well Visits and encouraged a culture of continuous improvement within WYFRS. We are very grateful to our customers and our volunteers for the vital feedback they give us each month.”

Hailey Dundavan, Quality Voice volunteer, said

“It has been unlike any volunteering I have been involved in before. Having WYFRS involved with us so closely has really helped to get a sense of the difference we are making.”

Adam Clark, Volunteering and Projects Manager at VAC, said

“Our team of volunteers are fantastic. They have a professional but relaxed phone manner and are able to connect with people in a unique way to gather feedback about services. The Quality Voice team have learnt some important skills through our partnership with WYFRS, not only gathering feedback but also offering follow-up support to people to ensuring they understand and implement the fire safety advice given by WYFRS. As the project continues to develop we would love new people to volunteer and join the Quality Voice team.”

To attract new volunteers to the Quality Voice project, VAC are holding a volunteer open day on Monday 26 February at the VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY between 11:00am–2:00pm. Anyone interested in the project is invited to attend; the fire service will be talking about the project and offering free home fire safety information to those who attend. There will also be a chance to find about VAC’s other volunteering roles which include delivering creative activities in care homes, offering a befriending service to older people and mystery shopping adult social care services.

Be Clear on Cancer Campaign – 22 February to 31 March 2018

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In February 2018, Public Health England will be launching a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer in women aged 70 and over.

What is Be Clear on Cancer?

Be Clear on Cancer aims to help improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of symptoms and encouraging people to see their GP without delay.

The key message promoted on TV will be: ‘1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70, so don’t assume you’re past it.’ The advert also reinforces the message that finding it early makes it more treatable.

A second message, promoted via other campaign materials, will be: ‘A lump isn’t the only sign of breast cancer’ and that women over 70 should tell their doctor if they notice any changes to their breasts.

You can get breast cancer at any age but the older you are the more likely you are to get it. 1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70 so older women need to know what their breasts normally look and feel like so they can spot any changes.
If breast cancer is found early it is more treatable.
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Young at Heart Club for the Over 50s

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Join the Young @ Heart Club at the Shay Stadium on Thursdays, 2pm-4pm for varied light activities in a friendly atmosphere.

The group caters to anyone over 50 who loves to have a good time and get involved in something fun with a bit of competition. This is one of the largest and most diverse groups in the area. Young @ Heart meet weekly at the Shay stadium in Halifax from 2pm each Thursday.

Activities include – New age indoor kurling, Nintendo Wii games, Board games including dominoes and backgammon, table tennis and a darts board.

They recently sent a team to the kurling regional championships in Lincolnshire where they came runner up.

Young @ Heart has a working partnership with Age UK.

For further information email Malcolm Kielty at malcolm.kielty@outlook.com or call 07946 510900

New Digibete Website Giving Information About Type 1 Diabetes for Young People and Families

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Digibete is a newly launched website / video platform to share videos and educational resources about Type 1 Diabetes. The content is designed to help support children, young people and families self manage their own diabetes by extending the reach of clinical teams online. The aim to increase Education, Awareness and Training for Type 1 but not a substitute for your own diabetes specialist HCPs.

This is a true collaboration between a clinical team and a parent led initiative. The creation of this site together is a reflection of the wider values of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust:

The site is patient centred – this site is for all children, young people and families living with diabetes. The content of the site will evolve in response to patients’ requests

There is a free to access site for everyone; no registrations, no payment

The team is collaborative – we are all one team with a common purpose, working in partnership with patients and families

The team is accountable – the content is all co-designed with patients and families, clinically accurate, peer reviewed and in line with the NHS Digital safety standard SCCI0129

The site is meant to be empowering celebrating positivity and success by sharing stories.

Whilst there is a clinical team behind the DigiBete site, no personal advice can be given. Individuals should always contact their own diabetes team for information.

Sugar Smart Calderdale

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SUGAR SMART CALDERDALE is an exciting campaign launched in Calderdale this February. It is part of a national campaign, SUGAR SMART, led by Jamie Oliver and Sustain. In Calderdale, the campaign is inviting participants from a number of sectors to make small changes that enable the people of Calderdale to reduce the amount of sugar they’re consuming. We know that, in the UK, people consume up to five times the recommended maximum daily intake of sugar, and that this is having a huge impact on our health – and waistlines – as a nation.

Up and down the country, people are committing to small actions as a part of SUGAR SMART, and we’d like to ask you to do the same. In Calderdale, Halifax Rugby League FC is leading the way, with players committing to SUGAR SMART challenges for three weeks. They will also be promoting SUGAR SMART messages as an organisation, to show that physical activity and a sugar smart diet go hand-in-hand.

Organisations across Calderdale are joining the campaign to do their part to improve the food environment and promote positive messages. Calderdale’s Health & Wellbeing Board will no longer be serving biscuits at their meetings; Northowram Primary School are running a SUGAR SMART assembly for their 450 pupils; Calderdale Royal Hospital will be helping staff to make healthier choices. What could you or your organisation pledge to do?

From promoting drinking water, to taking a SUGAR SMART challenge as an individual or organisation, to removing sugary items from prominent display, there is an action to fit every shape and size of organisation. The SUGAR SMART CALDERDALE steering group (Food for Life; Locala PHEYS; Better Living Service; and Calderdale Council’s Public Health team) can help you with your pledge, and there is lots of inspirational material at http://www.sugarsmartuk.org.

If you’d like to be one of the organisations in Calderdale taking positive action to encourage people to reduce the amount of sugar they’re consuming, email sugarsmart@calderdale.gov.uk or call Chloe Smee on 07500 602742.

Active 10 – Walk 10 Brisk Minutes a Day for Better Health

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Public Health England are promoting brisk walking for just 10 minutes a day.

A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”.

A Press Release from PHE reports that 4 out of 10 (41%) adults aged 40 to 60 in England walk less than 10 minutes continuously each month at a brisk pace.

Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.

It’s the easy way to improve your health and wellbeing. No gym memberships, no Lycra. Just 10 minutes and you!
The free Active 10 app for smartphones and tablet computers (including iPads) takes away the guesswork. It shows how much brisk walking you’re doing and how you can do more. It’s easy to use and helps you set your goals for the day.
A regular 10 minute brisk walk can make you feel better in so many ways. It can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood.It can help people with lower back pain and those at risk of high blood pressure.It’s also seriously good for your long-term health – it can reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Taking at least 1 brisk 10 minute walk a day has been shown to reduce the risk of early death by 15%. A 10 minute walk can contribute to meeting the CMO’s physical activity guidance of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week. This can lead to health benefits including a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes (by 40%), cardiovascular disease (by 35%), dementia (by 30%) and some cancers (by 20%).

The severity of the current physical inactivity epidemic amongst adults contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and is costing the NHS over £0.9 billion per year.

Read more at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home#qha3yo9cF9P6rGLX.99

Children’s Mental Health Week 2018

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Just a reminder that 5-11 February 2018 is Children’s Mental Health Week.

This year the week was launched by the Royal Patron the Duchess of Cambridge who spoke to pupils, parents and teachers about ‘Being Ourselves’

 

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Now in its fourth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 – #BeingOurselves

Some children and young people can find it difficult to think positively about themselves. Low self-esteem affects more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have Place2Be one-to-one support.

That’s why this Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 February 2018) Place2Be is highlighting the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. Place2Be is inviting everyone – children, young people and adults – to come together and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others.

When we have a positive view of ourselves, it can help us to cope with life’s challenges and make better connections with others.

At the same time, celebrating the unique strengths of the people around us can enable us to come together in our schools, workplaces and communities.

Whether you’re a parent, someone who works with children, or even just someone who is passionate about supporting children and young people’s mental health – you can support the campaign by getting involved and spreading the word.

Let’s celebrate ‘Being Ourselves’ together.

 

Staying Well – Tea, Cake and Funding Opportunities at Canon Winter Centre

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Find out what Staying Well can offer you – now working with individuals or groups 18+.

On Tuesday 27 February, 1:30pm-3:30pm at Canon Winter Centre, Elland HX5 0JF, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake and see how new funding is available to help groups and activities in the Elland, Greetland and Stainland area.

There will be details of the funding and how to apply.

For more information contact Rachel on 01422 392708 or email Rachel.swaby@calderdale.gov.uk.

Ordering Repeat Prescriptions – Changes from Thursday 1 February

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From Thursday 1 February 2018 pharmacies, online pharmacies and suppliers of medical appliances will no-longer be able to order repeat prescriptions on your behalf.

You will need to order your repeat prescription directly from your GP surgery every time.

Prescription medication can be ordered from your GP by:

  • your GP’s online ordering service (if available through your practice), either by computer or a smartphone application
  • by handing in the white, tear-off part of your repeat prescription to your surgery
  • by letter

For more information you can speak to your GP practice staff or pharmacist.

What you need to do

Each time you need more medicines;

  1. Order your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice when you have 7 to 10 days of medicines left
  2. Contact your pharmacy to let them know you have ordered a prescription if you want them to collect it for you

Remember your GP practice may need 2-3 working days to issue a prescription and the pharmacy may need up to 2 days to dispense your medicines, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

Why is this happening?
As part of our ‘It’s our NHS and we’re not going to waste it’ engagement, the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) asked people to think about the way repeat prescriptions are currently provided and whether they support the idea to encourage most people to order their own repeat prescriptions directly from their doctor’s surgery by using the online ordering system or dropping a repeat prescription request in at the doctor’s surgery.

77% of people agreed with this and they also said that we needed to look at how to reduce waste in medicines.

Following this engagement, NHS Calderdale CCG has taken the decision to recommend to our member practices that they no longer accept orders from third parties after 1 April 2018.

By doing this the CCG hopes to:

  • Reduce medicines wastage from orders that are not required by patients.
  • Reduce spend on prescribing of unwanted medicines.
  • Reduce the potential for stockpiling medicines and the associated risks.
  • Reduce GP practice and community pharmacy workload in the longer term.
  • Empower patients to be in control of their own medicines.
  • Promote effective repeat prescribing systems including use of online ordering, Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) and repeat dispensing systems including Electronic Repeat Dispensing (ERD).

The CCG will start to roll out the changes on 1 February 2018 enabling both practices and community pharmacies and appliance contractors’ time to notify patients and put in place new protocols ahead of 1 April.

 

Calderdale Becomes a Sustainable Food Borough

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The Calderdale Food Network has achieved membership of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, supporting their efforts to make local, healthy and sustainable food available to everyone. Calderdale has now become the 52nd member of Sustainable Food Cities – a network of cross-sector partnerships in towns, cities, boroughs and counties across the country that aim to make good food the easy choice for everyone. Calderdale will benefit from sharing good practice with places across the UK from Brighton to Aberdeen.

For more information, visit: http://www.sustainablefoodcities.org/findacity/cityinformation/userid/469

The Calderdale Food Network was established in July 2017 following a Calderdale Food Workshop in June 2017. The vision of Calderdale Food Network is: Calderdale is a good food borough where everyone, today and in the future, has equitable access to good food. The Calderdale Food Network is inclusive and open to all. Members are drawn from public, private and third sector organisations that have an interest in creating a sustainable and equitable food system.
The Calderdale Food Network is developing an action plan to identify projects it will take forward in 2018.

There are many active organisations delivering great work to promote healthy and sustainable food in Calderdale. Examples include:

  • Food for Life Calderdale: This programme is a place-based whole system approach to good food, working with schools, nurseries, the hospital, care settings and on the high street. The programme is funded by Calderdale Council and Calderdale CCG.
  • Food Systems Academy: This is an online open education resource to transform our food system, curated by Geoff Tansey.
  • Great Rock Co-op Owned and run by its suppliers and customers, open every Saturday, GRC is dedicated to providing great locally produced food to the community around Blackshawhead and the Upper Calder Valley. The produce includes meat, baked goods, eggs, cheese, vegetables, wine, beer, and a range of craft products – all reared, grown or made nearby. There is often a chance to meet the producers themselves, who play an active part in running the shop, and to find out more about how they work.
  • Holy Trinity Primary School, A Church of England Academy has been working with Food for Life for at least years and feel that children need to be fit and healthy for life. We are a Food for Life Gold School and actively promote healthy eating across school, from our in-house school meals to healthy packed lunches, from our fruit trolley to our water only policy. We grow our own food that is used in our school lunches and all children cook in our new children’s cooking kitchen. See our twitter account @HTPShalifax.
  • Incredible Edible Todmorden is about spreading kindness through volunteers planting and growing food in public spaces all over our small Pennine market town for everybody and anybody to help themselves to. We aim to build community cohesiveness by involving all comers, bringing in visitors and supporting local businesses.
  • Love Bread: LoveBread CIC is a community supported bakery and social enterprise. It is a wholesale Real Bread bakery with a workshop kitchen. They run classes for individuals, schools and community groups, and can organise corporate events and host private parties.
  • The Outback Community Kitchen and Garden – A Halifax Opportunities Trust project based in Park Ward, Central Halifax. The garden grows seasonal fruit and vegetables which are available at affordable prices to the local community. The kitchen is used to provide training and workshops around food education, cooking, healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. The facilities are also available for other local organisations to hire. Facebook – The Outback Community Kitchen and Garden