Keeping Wiltshire Healthy and Safe

Keeping Wiltshire Healthy and Safe

Two years ago responsibility for Public Health transferred from the NHS to Wiltshire Council. Since 2013 our team of specialists and consultants has integrated with a broader team of experts in Public Protection, Occupational Health and Safety as well as Leisure and forms part of the wider Council family. Through effective integration and work with the Council’s partners, Public Health is now truly at the heart of Wiltshire’s public services.

We have changed the way we work to deliver better outcomes and 2014-15 has been a busy year. Below are just some of the ways we have helped improve health and wellbeing and supported the Council’s commitment to achieve the six key outcomes set out in the Business Plan for 2013-2017.

Wiltshire has inclusive communities where everyone can achieve their potential….

  • In partnership with Wiltshire CCG and NHS England, we are re-commissioning children’s community services and ensuring more joined up services for families
  • This year we have published the first Child Health Improvement Strategy for Wiltshire
  • In order to tackle the problem of child poverty we assessed need and developed a strategy that will help reduce the effects of poverty on our young people
  • More than 80 volunteers were trained to support breastfeeding mothers in postnatal wards and local children’s centres helping Wiltshire to achieve higher breastfeeding initiation rate
  • We developed a perinatal and infant mental health pathway
  • Our Baby Steps initiative was launched to help vulnerable families and improve the lives of children in their first months
  • Working with the Lullaby Trust, health visitors, midwives and children’s centres, we promoted safe sleeping practices for babies to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • With NHS England we have helped to ensure a safe transfer of responsibility for health visiting and the Family Nurse Partnership services to Wiltshire Council in 2015
  • Our young people’s sexual health service for 13-24 year olds reduced the burden of Sexually Transmitted Infections and teen conceptions and helped identify additional vulnerabilities that increase the risk of sexual exploitation
  • Working alongside the CCG we developed a draft Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Wiltshire residents and meet the aims of the national mental health strategy
  • In collaboration with the Arts Council we showcased a play at Salisbury Playhouse to highlight issues associated with schizophrenia. We also piloted a successful Arts on Prescription project which is being rolled out, using the arts to improve health and wellbeing and to bring communities together
  • We ran an Autism Sofa Tour in our market towns to help raise awareness, providing over 600 people with information about Autism
  • We delivered Mental Health First Aid training courses in locations across the county to increase knowledge and confidence for people supporting someone experiencing emotional or mental ill health or distress

People in Wiltshire have healthy, active and high-quality lives…

  • Attendance at our Leisure Centres has increased from 2,421,457 visits in 2013-14 (Q1-3) to 2,493,720 in 2014-15 (Q1-Q3), meaning more people are using our facilities to live healthy and active lives
  • We provided free swimming to under 16s during the school holidays. In addition, children found to be overweight or obese through the National Child Measurement Programme are offered advice on healthy eating and free swimming sessions for three months
  • Through Slimming on Referral we helped 2,509 people to lose weight. Half of those referred achieved a positive weight loss with an average weight loss of 11.5lbs.
  • Our Active Health scheme was delivered in leisure centres to support 3,000 people referred for cardiac rehabilitation phase 4, exercise after stroke, weight management, or falls prevention
  • 8,490 people were invited to attend an NHS Health Check, with 7,284 attending (Q1/2)
  • We supported Get Wiltshire Walking and now have 1,100 registered walkers
  • Our SHINE weight management programme for 7-11 year olds was expanded and rolled out across Wiltshire
  • We held an Annual Diabetes Summit with acute providers, the CCG, community health care and Diabetes UK to improve patient care and support
  • We ran a Diabetes roadshow and assessed 791 people, referring 387 to their GP for further advice
  • Working with pharmacies we made changes to reduce addiction to and misuse of over the counter medicine
  • Our Stop Smoking Service worked with 4,500 clients helping over half of them to successfully quit
  • We launched the Before I Forget campaign to help communities become dementia aware
  • With our colleagues in arts and culture we ran an Arts and Health conference to further explore the contribution that cultural activities play within the health and well-being agenda
  • Our work with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to deliver the Wiltshire Wellbeing project continues to provide access to the environment and practical experience for people with mental ill health

Everyone in Wiltshire lives in a high quality environment…

  • We provided over 3,000 environmental and pollution interventions and dealt with over 1,300 noise complaints
  • We had a 98% recommendation rate for our pest control service
  • We launched an Air Quality website and text alert service to alert registered users if air quality in their area deteriorates
  • Our new Alcohol Strategy will promote responsible drinking levels and reduce alcohol related harm
  • A new licensing policy was adopted to protect our communities at the same time as increasing licensing income

People are as protected from harm as possible and feel safe….

  • We investigated over 917 notifications of infectious disease and took action to reduce the risk of further infections
  • Our joint Better Care Plan with the CCG’s was one of five selected nationally to be fast tracked to enable integrated health and social care in Wiltshire
  • We improved the management of private water supplies and monitored air pollution levels to protect health during major incidents
  • We conducting operations to stop illicit tobacco and alcohol trading and responded, in just 6 months, to 4,000 criminal and consumer complaints
  • ‘No Cold Calling’ Zones were introduced, Community Area Boards were given the ability to implement their own zones and social care workers trained to identify rogue traders
  • New measures were implemented to reduce anti social behaviour and multi agency training provided to over 200 people
  • Our outreach domestic abuse support service received over 500 victim referrals with over 300 going through the multi-agency risk assessment process. To improve outcomes we developed a new joint Domestic Abuse Strategy
  • We introduced a new community sexual health service and expanded the MOTIV8 Children and Young People’s Substance Misuse Service
  • A system redesign was conducted to protect and improve falls and bone health
  • Our Big Pledge campaign saw Wiltshire’s Community Areas commit to becoming Dementia Friendly
  • We reviewed our out of hours call handling service to provide our customers with a better service
  • Wiltshire has a thriving and growing local economy…
  • 200 businesses signed up to our Eat Out Eat Well Nutrition Award Scheme
  • 1,400 food businesses were inspected and supporting over 94% to attain a food hygiene rating of satisfactory or better
  • We dealt with over 3,000 licensing applications
  • We helped local food businesses comply with new food allergen legislation
  • A new voluntary Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme was introduced and all local Tattoo businesses have signed up

People in Wiltshire work together to solve problems locally and participate in decisions that affect them…

  • We launched a new Community Health Trainers Service, providing 298 clients with health and wellbeing assessments and support to improve their health.
  • Health trainers are now working in each of the community areas. Over half of their clients in this first year were resident in the two most deprived quintiles in Wiltshire
  • The Joint Strategic Assessments brought communities together to decide the local priorities. More than 2,000 people attended the events hosted by area boards to agree plans and projects
  • We worked with local people and managed public safety at major events including the Tour of Britain and the Summer Solstice
  • We approved 1,298 outdoor education events to enabling 40,780 participants to engage safely across the county
  • We worked to deter commercial vehicles from breaching weight restrictions through prosecutions and the introduction of new Lorry Watch schemes locally
  • We have also helped improve the Council ensure business continuity and develop and support its workforce…
  • We have carried out 1,448 Occupational Health assessments
  • We undertook 65 Health and Safety audit visits to council workplaces and trained 903 of our employees in health and safety
  • We increased the annual flu vaccine uptake by council staff from a dozen in 2012 to over 1,000 in 2014
  • The Council adopted a new domestic abuse HR policy with training delivered to key managers and we also made our expertise available for businesses and organisations throughout Wiltshire

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