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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Public Health Team

Responsible for the public health functions that transferred to the Council from the NHS on 1st April 2013, Public Health commissions a number of mandated functions: Sexual Health – commissioning testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and sexual health advice, prevention and promotion; NHS Health Checks; National Child Measurement programme; Health protection and assurance – ensuring plans are in place to protect the health of the borough, a supporting role in infectious disease surveillance and control and a role in emergency preparedness and response; Providing population health advice, information and expertise to Southend Clinical Commissioning Group to support them in commissioning health services that improve population health and reduce inequalities. The public health team also works across a number of areas of health promotion and improvement for the Southend population. Many of the services are commissioned from third parties, including the statutory, voluntary and private sector.

Updated:
18 March 2016
Location:
East of England
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford District Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Within my role as business engagement officer for the Public Health Responsibility Deal I hope to promote more awareness of both physical and mental health issues with the workforce. Asking businesses to sign up to Dementia Awareness sessions to make staff aware of Dementia as an illness in the workplace or their customer base and how it can affect everyday life.

For the Public Health Dept  all staff will become Dementia Friends

We will work in partnership with the Integrated Commissioning team.

PH will ensure plans are in place to protect the health of the borough by providing advice and information go the population

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Getting employers to take responsibility for the health and wellbeing of their staff.

Making employers understand the issues that they may face in an aging workforce and bearing in mind the economic pressures they face.

My post is time limited

Getting people to commit the time to the awareness session

2. Actions

  • All Public Health staff will become Dementia Friends

    Arrange a Dementia Awareness session for existing and new staff.

    All new staff to be informed of the sessions as part of their induction process.

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member 

  • Advising businesses of the Southend Dementia Action Alliance and Dementia Friends

    Asking businesses to use one of the pledges under the mental and emotional wellbeing section to join the local alliance or agree to an awareness session for staff

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member 

  • Raising awareness of the increasing impact on a business’ workforce and the general population of the borough

    Through meeting businesses to explain the support available through the PHRD to enable raising awareness of dementia in the Southend Borough

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    new member