Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia Awareness Week programme 15th until 21st May 2017

Have you been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other Dementia?

Do you know someone who has?

Are you concerned that you might be experiencing memory loss?

  • An early diagnosis will help you plan for your future
  • If a diagnosis is made you will get advice and support from a specialist team, including:
    – Doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and other clinicians
  • These specialists will be able to give you advice on:
    – Medication that may help you
    – Living with Dementia and staying well
    – Social service care and financial help, such as attendance and carer’s allowance, that you may be able to apply for

How can I find out if I may have Dementia?

  • Talk to your GP about your concerns. Take someone with you if you like
  • Your GP will carry out an assessment if they have any concerns about your health
  • If your GP has any concerns about your health they may refer you to see a specialist, where you will have further tests
  • Once your GP has got all the information they need from the specialist they will discuss the results of your assessment with you
  • A clinician or support worker will help you make the arrangements you need

Helping new communities to get access to health & social care in Hounslow

There are some communities which Public Health Hounslow have identified as increasing in number, however, despite having higher health and social needs – they do not appear to be accessing services. This project by Hounslow Healthwatch is designed to help and support these communities. If you are interested in helping others in your community or others then please contact HealthWarch.

Firstcare Practice, will shortly be holding an event bringing people together and will give people from these new communities to meet others and help and support each other., at the practice. There will also be a dietician, a doctor and a specialist to help you find the best ways to access services. This will be supported by Healthwatch Hounslow. If you would like to attend this event, please contact us firstcare.practice@nhs.net. Due to limited availability, we will limit availability to 50 people. Please register your interest on this wait list and we will inform you when free tickets will be available.

Book your ticket here by clicking here. There are only 50 available on Saturday 29th October @ 1200. 

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Are you interested in becoming an Emerging Communities Outreach Volunteer?

This would be a great opportunity for willing volunteers from emerging communities (Afghan, Algerian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Nepalese, Romanian and Tamil) to become more actively and directly involved in health and social care projects through Healthwatch.

The main motive of this opening is to ensure that members of emerging communities have access to information about the healthcare services available to them, and to therefore ensure that no individual is deprived of health and social care services due to a lack of knowledge about services, or difficulties understanding communications made in English.

For more information, please call Hounslow HealthWatch on 020 3603 2438 or email info@healthwatchhounslow.co.uk

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Health demand has strong link with unemployment and berevement

This is a summary of initial findings when looking at risk stratification tool – Electronic Frailty Index (EFI) – and GP appointment activity. The two appear to be related and further analysis may hold to the key to reducing GP work load. Interestingly a lot of activity relates to patients with moderate EFI scores. Life events such as bereavement and unemployment also have a large impact.

Remarkably, more than half with moderate EFIs are aged 50 or less. Matching local services to the needs of this cohort should result in better outcomes for patients, improved use of local services and reduce GP workload.

Click here to read the report summary Risk Score

 

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Carers Rights Day Event

Carers Rights Day Nov15

You are invited to a special Carers Rights Day event

on Friday 20 November 2015.

Hounslow Council is hosting this event in support of Carers UK’s

annual campaign to bring organisations together, to help carers

find out about help and support.

The event will run from 9.30am to 2pm, and lunch will provided.

Limited parking is available in the overflow car park as you enter

the Civic Centre.

9.30am Registration

10am to 11am Carers forum, where you will have a chance to hear from

the council team and to share your views.

11am to 2pm Information stalls where you can get information and

advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau, Carers Providers,

Care Act Team, Social Care Teams and many more.

If you would like to attend, please email

Davina.Pandya@hounslow.gov.uk

or call 020 8583 3022 by

Monday 16 November.

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Local leadership, new approaches. How communities are delivering improved health.

This document outlines examples of how health and social care are collaborating.

The full document can be downloaded here.Local Leadership, new approaches

The job of improving the population’s wellbeing and preventing premature mortality starts locally. It starts in people’s neighbourhoods and communities. It is done by local leaders working together, across health and local government, delivering a better deal for their residents. Too often we equate better health with more healthcare: with hospitals, clinicians and health services. But if our ambition is for people to live as well as possible for as long as possible, it will be neither effective nor feasible to ramp up our spending on healthcare. We need to find new ways of working that reflect the fact that ill-health is rarely a single, isolated problem but is often tied up with where and how we live, with our jobs, our families, our incomes. People’s lives aren’t compartmentalised. A crisis in someone’s life – perhaps spiralling debt or the shock of unemployment – is likely to spill over into other areas. It may have knock-on effects on housing, on families, and on a person’s mental and physical health. A visit to the GP can help with the latter, but it cannot, by itself, address the wider set of problems. When people are dealing with the messy reality of multiple challenges, they need support from local services that are joined-up, timely and convenient. Local councillors and local health professionals are used to working together for the health of their communities. But we have to make it even easier for them to join forces, especially in tackling longterm diseases – a burden that we know falls heaviest on those who are most deprived and most vulnerable. We have an opportunity, with the changes to our health and public health landscape, to foster collaboration across sectors. It is an opportunity we cannot afford to pass up. We will learn faster and more effectively if we share the experiences of those who have created joint programmes, and can see the real difference this is making to the wellbeing of local residents. This report contributes to this collective understanding and I am delighted to endorse it and the case studies it highlights. They offer valuable insights to all of us concerned with maximising the impact we hope to have on improving population health and reducing inequalities.

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Guide to engaging communities in delivering health & well being

NHS England and Public Health England guide highlights importance of communities to health and wellbeing

Guide is part of joint ‘Working with communities – empowerment, evidence and learning’ project

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A Guide to Communities In HealthA new guide from NHS England and Public Health England has identified how local government and the NHS have important roles in building confident communities to improve health and reduce inequalities.

The guide states the move to a new health system, including the transfer of public health to local government, has created opportunities for public health and healthcare to become more person and community centred. The move enables individuals to realise their potential and to contribute to building healthier, more resilient communities

The guide calls on local partners to consider the “family” of community centred approaches to improve health and wellbeing in their areas, including:

  • Strengthening communities – where approaches involve building on community capacities to take action together, both on health and on the social determinants of health.
  • Volunteer and peer roles – where approaches focus on enhancing individuals’ capabilities to provide advice, information and support or organise activities around health and wellbeing in their or other communities.
  • Collaborations and partnerships – where approaches involve communities and local services working together at any stage of planning cycle
  • Access to community resources – where approaches connect people to community resources, practical help, group activities and volunteering opportunities to meet health needs and increase social participation.

The guide recommends local leaders, commissioners and service providers:

  • Consider how community-centred approaches can become an essential part of local health plans
  • Recognise the diverse range of approaches that can be used to improve physical and mental health
  • Use the family of community-centred approaches as a tool to consider potential options for commissioning health improvement and preventive services
  • Involve those at risk of social exclusion in designing and delivering solutions that address inequalities in health
  • Celebrate, support and develop volunteering as the bedrock of community action

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England, said: “Our health system must evolve and respond to the many demands and challenges it faces whilst staying rooted to the values that have shaped and sustained it.”

“Communities are a valuable part of that health system and have a vital contribution to make to improving health and wellbeing. This guide provides local organisations a starting point and a framework for building confident communities in their areas.”

Giles Wilmore, Director for Patient & Public Voice and Information, NHS England, said: “The NHS Five Year Forward View sets out how the health service needs to change and argues that we need to do more to fully harness the renewable energy represented by citizens and communities. Bringing together evidence and learning, this guide and family of approaches show how the NHS and local commissioners can play their vital role in building confident and connected communities.”