The Familiar Faces team is made up of Living Well Coaches and Psychological Practitioners. They work within several GP practices across Cumbria with at least one Living Well Coach and Psychological Practitioner in each of the four areas (Carlisle, Maryport, Cockermouth, and Copeland).
They work with people whose difficulties bring them into frequent contact with their GP and other health services.
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The free child health app allows parents and carers to access up-to-date NHS advice at their fingertips.
Parents and carers can access up-to-date NHS advice at their fingertips to help look after their children’s health with a free app.
The ‘NHS child health’ app is an important NHS app for parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years.
The free app:
- provides easy to understand guidance on childhood illnesses
- recognises when your child is unwell offering easy to understand guidance on childhood illnesses
- provides advice on when and where to seek further treatment.
The free app was specifically designed for parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years and is available for download on mobile phones through Google Play or Apple’s App Store under the title of ‘NHS child health’.
NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group has been working with the community to share this information with networks of young parents and professionals who may find it helpful.
Dr Amanda Boardman said: “The app is a fantastic tool which provides easy to understand guidance on childhood illnesses. It helps you to recognise when your child is unwell offering handy advice and where to seek further treatment, including information pointing to the relevant local services.
“It covers common childhood illnesses and injuries – this will be an essential app to have at your fingertips for immediate advice when you need it most.
“Feedback from our recent co-production meetings was very positive and the community representatives working with us are keen to promote the app far and wide through channels all across Cumbria.”
We are committed to improving the health of our communities in North Cumbria and Population Health highlights how being healthy is more than just being ill.
It’s about our physical, mental and emotional well being.
Below is an animation from The King’s Fund explaining what is a ‘population health’ approach? And what role do we all play in keeping our communities healthy?
It highlights factors such as:
– Social connections
– The places and commuities we are part of
– The services that are delivered in our neighbourhoods
– & gives various examples from different points of view
Find out more about our Building Health Partnerships Here – This project involves special health testing events and where we are looking at the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart disease, and the detection of conditions like atrial fibrillation which could lead to stroke.
Organisations in Cumbria have signed up to the Food Active Healthy Weight Declaration, committing to promote healthy weight across the county.
A presentation took place in Carlisle in July 2019 where the following organisations all signed up to the Food Active Healthy Weight Declaration, committing to promote healthy weight across the county.
– North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
– Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
– Cumbria Early Years Network
– Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC)
This follows Cumbria becoming the first two-tier area to introduce a joint Healthy Weight Declaration between Cumbria County Council and district level councils this time last year.
Councillor Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Services, said:
“Having more partners join us represents another significant step in our joint efforts to promote healthy weight in Cumbria.
“We have a strong track record of working together and now we’ve officially joined forces with the support of Food Active committing to support more people to better health and wellbeing.”
The Healthy Weight Declaration is a ‘Food Active’ initiative. Food Active is a collaborative programme launched by North West Directors of Public Health in November 2013 to tackle rising obesity levels in the North West.
The Healthy Weight Declaration is a set of commitments and priorities identifying some key principles to support employees and local communities to make healthier lifestyle choices and endeavour to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Robin Ireland, Director of Research at Food Active, said:
“It’s reassuring to see Cumbria’s continued commitment to promoting healthy weight. The latest signings highlight the versatility of the Healthy Weight Declaration, allowing partners to unite and tackle obesity.
“Together we can support residents, employees, service users and patients, schools, businesses and other organisations. Signing this pledge signals a determination to support local communities to make healthier lifestyle choices easier.”
Stephen Eames, Chief Executive of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said:
“What we eat and the exercise we do plays such an important role in our health and wellbeing. We know that maintaining a healthy weight is a real challenge in our communities and our health services see the impact of this every day.
“We all have a responsibility to do what we can to help people in Cumbria to maintain a healthy weight and today marks the start of our commitment to this. As part of the NHS Long Term Plan we need to focus more on helping people to stay well and by working together we can make a real difference.”
Katie Clarke, Cumbria Early Years Network, said:
“We are delighted to sign the Healthy Weight Declaration and are committing to developing ‘Healthy Families Cumbria’ in partnership with early years settings across the county.
“Through working together with families, we want to ensure that young children have plenty of opportunities to be active each day, and that families can enjoy making healthy choices around food and drink.”
Rick Petecki, Chairman of Cumbria Association of Local Councils, said:
“This is a great initiative to encourage and support our communities to be active and to lead healthier lives.
“Parish and town councils can play an important role locally by raising awareness and by helping their town or village to improve their overall health.”
Group picture below (L-R)
Val Ayre – Cumbria County Council Public Health Locality Manager
Colin Cox – Cumbria County Council Director of Public Health
Councillor Deborah Earl – Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Services
Karen Norman – Cumbria County Council Early Years Adviser
Katie Clarke – Cumbria Early Years Network and Cumbria County Council Strategic Lead for Children’s Centres
Stephen Eames – Chief Executive of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
Samantha Bagshaw – Chief Officer Cumbria Association of Local Councils