Helping you to stay well
Our prevention and self-care work is helping to ensure people have the skills, confidence and support to self-care and to stay well.
The NHS Five Year Forward View highlights the need for a “radical upgrade in prevention and public health”, which we believe cannot be achieved by simply extending ‘business as usual’ prevention programmes.
The sustainability of our health and social care system depends on people living healthier for longer. To do this we need to move beyond delivering prevention programmes to our population and start creating prevention programmes with them that can really make a difference. Through engaging residents and patients and providing them with the right knowledge and support, we will manage the ever-growing demand for hospital services and our wider health services, with focused programmes aimed at helping people find community based support for issues such as alcohol related harm, improvements in physical inactivity, obesity, anticipatory frailty and social isolation.
We aim to work with local people so together we can:
Increase blood pressure screening: 'Increasing access to blood pressure screening to our population by offering this through clinical pharmacists and the Fire Service'
Encourage self-care: Enabling people to have the opportunity to provide their own care, as well as providing staff the skills, confidence and tools to encourage behavioural change through every possible contact made.
Use digital technology: Using technology to encourage people to become more physically active.
Reduce smoking: Introducing the 'Making Every Contact Count' programme where all our staff receive training to discuss with patients how they might wish to change their behaviour so they can improve their own health.
Reduce Obesity: Creating a partnership wide approach to tackling obesity
Prevent Diabetes: Offering education programmes to help people change their behaviour to prevent them from becoming diabetic, as part of the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.
Reduce alcohol consumption: Introducing an Alcohol Care Team at Wexham Park Hospital similar to the team at Frimley Park Hospital, and increasing the service availability from 5 to 7 days a week.
We are bringing together existing self care initiatives from across the area as part of the project, such as the award winning 'Year of Self Care' initiative in Bracknell Forest, which focuses on a different topic each month with support from local community groups. Staying well, as we all know, involves becoming more physically and socially active and so we are bringing together self care initiatives from across the area such as 'social prescribing' programmes which provide opportunities for people who might feel isolated or lonely to take part in social activities, walking clubs, advice services or self help groups. One example is ‘Making Connections’, which was designed by the people living in North East Hampshire & Farnham.
Frimley Health and Care is one of five systems that have been selected to take part in the national Building Healthy Partnerships programme which builds relationships between the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and STPs/ICS that deliver improvements to health and care for local people. It’s designed to help systems to better engage and involve patients and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in working around issues specific to our system. Our focus is going to be prevention and self-care, focussed on hard to reach sections of our community and looking digital solutions.
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