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Dartford Preventative Health Locality Projects Annual Report 2013/14

To update the committee on the outcomes of the Dartford Preventative Health Locality Projects for the financial year 2013/14.

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This report updated the committee on the outcomes of the Dartford Preventative Health Locality Projects for the financial year 2013/14.

 

The Chairman welcomed Anna Card, Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator, to the meeting.

 

The Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator explained how the Annual Report presented an overview of the various projects that had been carried out in 2013/14, and would be sent to Kent County Council together with additional statistical information.

 

The Chairman expressed concern over the fact that funding for the Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator’s post had yet to be confirmed for 2015/16. He therefore proposed that, as had happened in September 2013, he write a letter on behalf of the Committee to Mr Scott-Clark, the Interim Director of Public Health at Kent County Council, asking that the funding arrangements be confirmed, and again suggesting that a 3 year funding plan be agreed. Members agreed to this proposal and asked to be copied in on any responses received.

 

The Chairman then referred to the good work that had been carried out to promote the ‘Don’t Sit Get Fit‘ programme in primary and secondary schools and asked whether the scheme was going to be expanded. The Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator explained how specific schools had been targeted and that children aged between 7 and 13 were being assessed, taking a ‘whole school’ approach to the initiative. She said that this was not just a weighing and measuring exercise but that presentations would also be given to put the aims of the programme into context, and added that the benefits of the programme would also be promoted to parents with the aim of increasing referrals into the family weight management programme. The Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator also noted that Dartford was now running a pilot scheme whereby, if routine monitoring identified a child as being overweight, then the parents would receive a proactive phone call from a member of the Kent Community Health NHS Trust (KCHT) School Nursing team to offer advice on how best to address the situation and increase referrals.

 

The Chairman noted the decision that had been taken to suspend specific Black Minority Ethnic (BME) work during 2013/14 and asked whether this would continue going forward given Dartford’s diverse ethnic population. The Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator replied this had been necessary to enable SAFE, a youth-led mental health awareness project, to be delivered. She did however note that Dartford Health Inequalities Group had now re-established the Dartford and Gravesham BME Health forum and was being asked to form an action plan for the BME community.

 

The Chairman then highlighted the work that was being carried out in conjunction with local businesses and referred to business related group meetings that are held in Dartford. The Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator said that work in this area was being driven by Environmental Health and explained how regional workshops were being held, and information distributed, to promote the Kent Healthy Business Award scheme. Members welcomed the initiate but felt that they should be more involved as they had their own business contacts that could be used to promote the scheme. The Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator agreed to pass their suggestion on to the Environmental Health representative responsible for managing the scheme.

 

The Chairman welcomed the inclusion of men in the promotion of the services that are being offered to those who have experienced domestic abuse.

 

The Chairman noted the good work that was being carried out in relation to alcohol awareness and asked how other areas of substance misuse were being addressed. The Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator replied that the Crime Reduction Initiative (CRI) charity was now the commissioned provider for this area of healthy wellbeing and had strong links to the Dartford and Gravesham Community Safety Partnership. She also highlighted the work that they do in relation to drug and alcohol treatment programmes, and said that suitable venues were being sought in Dartford for use as drop-in centres.

 

The Chairman, on behalf of the Committee, thanked the Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator for her work and the range of health related services that were being delivered.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.         That the Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator be thanked for attending the meeting and responding to Members’ questions.

 

2.         That the Dartford Preventative Health Locality Projects Annual Report 2013/14 be noted.

 

3.         That a letter be written to the Interim Director of Public Health at Kent County Council, and copied to the Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Education & Health Reform, asking that the funding arrangements for preventative health provision in Dartford be confirmed.

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