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Public Health - Northamptonshire County Council

Improving the health of the Northamptonshire population, including tackling the wider determinants of health inequalities; Protecting the health of the Northamptonshire population through assuring that robust plans are in place to protect the local population from a range of health threats such as communicable disease (eg TB, Flu pandemics, Measles, HIV), terrorism and other environmental threats and emergencies; including plans for immunisation and screening programmes. Ensuring that population health is supported by efficient and effective health and social care services; this is called the ‘core offer’ in national guidance and describes Public Health involvement in the evidence base to support the prioritisation process, developing service pathways and quality indicators across the health system including Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and other commissioners.

Updated:
22 May 2018
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Care, Children Young People and Students, Clinical Commissioning Group, Commissioners Sector, Communication, Community organisations, Domiciliary Care, Faith Groups, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Local Authorities, Medical, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Northamptonshire 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?

The role of Public Health is to improve the health & wellbeing of local people and reduce health inequalities by helping people of all ages stay healthy and protect them from threats to their health, while recognising the role others have to play. The Director of Public Health and the Public Health Team within Northamptonshire County Council, provides leadership, advice and support to achieve improvements in health and influence the wider determinants of health, along with an assurance role for health protection.

Public Health aims to prevent disease and promote health.  This includes the prevention of health risk factors relating to the onset of Dementia:

 

Dementia forms part of the NHS Health Checks Programme, (Dementia: Helping your brain to stay healthy): Ongoing promotion of dementia risk & prevention via NHS Health Check info and Vascular dementia risk reduction via CVD prevention initiatives.

Making Every Contact Count (MECC). MECCis an approach to behaviour change that uses the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. MECC addresses many of the risk factors associated with Dementia. There is an ongoing programme of free training throughout Northamptonshire.

Commitment for a representative from the Public Health Team to attend DAA Northamptonshire meetings to increase partnership/linked working in this subject area.

To provide up to date data/analysis relating to Dementia in Northamptonshire on request to provide a correct local picture. 

To support any Public Health Campaigns relating to dementia such as ‘Dementia Awareness day’ using all communication methods possible

To work with our commissioned services and partners to increase and raise awareness of Dementia and health risk factors that may lead to Dementia.

To develop new partnerships/links where possible to raise awareness of Dementia and the health risk factors associated.

Exploration of opportunities to raise awareness and reduce the risk of dementia within BAME communities

 

 

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

A potential barrier to engaging with other organisations is their lack of understanding of dementia and the need to make it everyone’s responsibility.

 Resource implications: staff, time & finance

2. Actions

  • Representation on DAA

    Commitment for a representative from the Public Health Team to attend DAA Northamptonshire meetings to increase partnership/linked working in this subject area.

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  • Public health campaign support

    To support any public health campaigns relating to dementia such as ‘Dementia Awareness Day’ using all communication methods possible.

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  • Up to date local data analysis

    To provide up to date data/analysis relating to Dementia in Northamptonshire on request to provide a correct local picture. 

    Status:
  • Partnership working

    To work with our commissioned services and partners to increase and raise awareness of dementia and health risk factors that may lead to dementia.

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  • Awareness raising

    To develop new partnerships/links where possible to raise awareness of dementia and the health risk factors associated.

    Status:
  • Explore wider awareness in BAME communities

    Exploration of opportunities to raise awareness and reduce the risk of dementia within BAME communities.

    Status: