Warwickshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2014 – 16
Healthy Travel Choices in Warwickshire
Encouraging healthy travel choices within Warwickshire is an important agenda, and one that
cannot be owned by one single body. In order to help Warwickshire residents make healthier travel
choices, colleagues throughout the whole of Warwickshire play a part in enabling the right
environment in which these choices can be made safely.
The Healthy Travel Choices document is a tool for members and others within Warwickshire County
Council which outlines evidence based methods that have been proven to help reduce some of the
difficulties people face when deciding on their commute, their journey and their choices.
Click here to view the full document.
Click here to view the executive summary.
Living Well with Dementia Strategy
Director of Public Health Annual Report 2016
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) Annual Statement: using intelligence wisely
Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy
Health and wellbeing is an issue relevant to all residents of Warwickshire. Good health and wellbeing allows people to enjoy a good quality of life, maximise their potential and be active members of a community.
The Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board provides a countywide approach to improving local health and social care, public health and community services so that individuals, service-users and the public experience more ‘joined up’ care. The Health and Wellbeing Board is also responsible for leading locally on tackling health inequalities.
Looking after the health and wellbeing of the population of Warwickshire is not the responsibility of one single body. Statutory and non-statutory organisations, including the voluntary sector, across the county all play a part in impacting on our health and wellbeing and influencing our behaviour. The Health and Wellbeing Strategy provides Warwickshire residents and organisations with a picture of what the Health and Wellbeing Board, through its members and wider partners, will need to deliver over the next 5 years and how we will work together to achieve this.
The Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board has agreed three priorities that will inform how we will work together, develop actions and report on our progress on improving the health and wellbeing of Warwickshire.
Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation Strategy
Sexual Health Strategy
Drugs and Alcohol Misuse Strategy
Making a Difference: A Guide for Evaluating Your Work in the Community
Green Space Priorities for Warwickshire: Supporting the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2014-2018
Public Health Warwickshire District and Borough Partnerships and Projects 2014-2015
The Care Act
The Care Act 2014, which has been described as the most thorough and comprehensive reform of adult social care and support in more than 60 years, came into force on 1st April this year. Implementation of the Care Act has significant implications for how Warwickshire County Council and Public Health Warwickshire work. Some of the main changes to the Act include;
- A new framework in determining eligible need in social care and support
- Changes in care funding
- A new emphasis on promoting wellbeing and preventing the need for care further down the line.
The key provisions set out in the Care Act which local authorities must work towards include:
Principle of wellbeing – a new statutory principle where local authorities must promote wellbeing when carrying out any of their care and support functions. It is a guiding principle that puts wellbeing at the heart of care and support functions and decision making. It applies equally to adults with care and support needs and carers.
Prevention – local authorities must ensure the provision of preventative services which help prevent or delay the development of care and support needs, or reduce care and support needs (including carer’s support needs).
Information and Advice – local authorities must provide an information and advice service which is available to all local people regardless of whether or not they are eligible for social care funded services.
Assessment and Eligibility – there is a new framework on the assessment of care needs and duties to arrange the provision of social care. This includes a single national threshold of eligibility for local authority involvement in arranging and funding care, and new requirements to assess and meet the needs of carers.
Safeguarding – there are new duties on local authorities with regard to safeguarding of adults receiving social care.
Carers – the Act places a new duty on local authorities to meet carers eligible support needs, placing them on an equal footing with the people they care for.
While much of the Act came into force from 1st April 2015 the cap on care costs, introduction of independent personal budgets, care accounts and a new appeals process will be introduced from 1st April 2016.
The Public Health team in Warwickshire County Council were tasked with delivering the principle of wellbeing. This has included the following:
The Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Portal (One stop for Health & Wellbeing Services) has been developed to enable health and social care practitioners to access public health services and signpost people to them:www.warwickshire.gov.uk/wellbeingportal
Warwickshire Cares “A Guide to Living Longer Living Well” booklet has been produced by Public Health Warwickshire County Council in partnership with NHS South Warwickshire, Coventry and Rugby and Warwickshire North CCGs. The booklet is available to Warwickshire residents through local GP practices, libraries and pharmacies.
Five Ways to Wellbeing Campaign roll-out – this campaign is being enhanced and extended to ensure more countywide coverage and to reach children and young people, older people and minority ethnic groups more effectively www.publichealth.warwickshire.gov.uk/5way
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) – further work on campaign roll-out to WCC and district/borough local authority staff.
Warwickshire Public Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy implementation – work ongoing from the launch in October 2014 to April 2016.
Tackling social isolation and loneliness – a joint action plan is being developed across WCC and partners for delivery from April 2015 onwards.
Useful links to further information and services related to The Care Act:
Public Health Warwickshire Service Information Sheets
Click on the links below for information on some services Public Health Warwickshire commission: