In 2010 the World Health Organization made World Hepatitis Day one of only four official disease-specific world health days, to be celebrated each year on the 28th July. This year World Hepatitis Day is promoting NOhep, campaigning to eliminate viral hepatitis. Hepatitis is a global killer, claiming 1.4 million lives per year – more than HIV/AIDs or malaria.
Dawn Bailey from Leeds City Council’s Public Health team is a Health Improvement Principal dealing with Health Protection. She has been actively involved dealing with Hepatitis in Leeds in recent years and explains why she is backing World Hepatitis Day.
Some diseases hit the headlines more than others, whether rightly or wrongly. That means many of us aren’t as aware of the potential impact of infections as others and miss a chance to take simple steps to prevent catching and spreading bugs and illness… Continue reading
We are celebrating SCIE’s National Co-production Week Monday 4 – Friday 8 July as the first national event of its kind showing the benefits of co-production, sharing good practice and highlighting the contribution of people who use services and carers to developing better public services.
So what is co-production?
Put simply, it is about working in an open, honest and transparent way with experts – be they service users, service providers, clinicians or GPs – to design or develop services which work for them all. The approach is built on the idea that those affected by a service are best placed to help design it whether as service users or providers.
Co-production offers the chance to transform social care and health provision to a model that offers people real choice, control and quality.
Here in Leeds Michelle Atkinson, commissioning manager, Adult Social Care, Leeds City Council tells us how co-production helped create a new approach to commissioning new ways to provide home care services being delivered from July 2016. Continue reading
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Have you, or someone you know had a fall recently? It might surprise you to know that over 30% of men and women aged 65 and over will have at least one fall per year; increasing to 85% for the over 85’s. Sadly the consequences of falls can go far beyond a few bumps and bruises. In the older population this can lead to a vicious circle of fear, loss of confidence, a reduction in activity, and therefore a loss of strength, stability and balance which, you’ve guessed it; results in an increased risk of falls. Of course, falling can happen at any age.
There are many ways in which to decrease your risk – welcome to Make it Fallproof, a campaign for anyone who is worried about falling and provides information from fallproofing your home to recommending exercise classes to keep those muscles and bones strong and healthy.
Leann Clarke, is a Health and Wellbeing coach, who works in a team of exercise specialists running exercise programmes including weight management, cardiac rehabilitation and falls prevention. They work in various leisure and community centres with people who often have other comorbidities (medical conditions associated with their main condition; eg diabetes in the weight management group, osteoporosis in the falls groups) so the team is highly qualified in exercise referral and specialist conditions. Leann tells us more about falls prevention. Continue reading
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This week here in Leeds is Hydration Week June 13th – 19th– are you ready to take up the challenge?
With the summer months ahead of us we can be sure that extreme temperatures will occur or even the occasional hot spell This year’s Hydration Week focuses our attention on the importance of keeping hydrated and cool. The average adult body is made up of over 60% water? Water is vital to life and our health so keeping hydrated is one of a few essential steps to a long and healthy life. Water boosts our metabolism, it can help with fatigue, to fight illnesses as it improves our circulation and carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells. It is used to build every cell in your body. But……. are you drinking enough?
Derek Johnson, Principal Catering Manager at Leeds City Council tells us more. Continue reading