Health and care leaders set their priorities to maximise health benefits

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Health and social care leaders have identified their joint priorities to improve the health and wellbeing of residents across the county.

Leaders from Herefordshire Council, Wye Valley NHS Trust, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP representatives met at this month’s Health and Wellbeing Board and identified four areas where improvements will make the biggest difference to people’s health and wellbeing in Herefordshire.

The four identified areas are:

  • Giving our children a good start in life by maintaining a healthy weight and looking after their teeth
  • Supporting people with dementia to remain as independent as possible within their community, ensuring that people are well cared for when nearing the end of life
  • Supporting the development of resilient communities, where people help each other to remain independent and in control of their own lives
  • Keeping people warm so they are less likely to develop enduring health problems and become acutely ill when it is cold

Councillor Jonathan Lester, Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

“We all want to be able to access high quality services, but it’s also important for people to be able to live the life they choose, within their local community.  It’s imperative that we work together to ensure that children have a healthy start in life, that people can stay well when it’s cold and we care for those with dementia.

“The board is determined to remain focused on these priorities to ensure that progress is made to improve the quality of people’s lives.”

Published: Tuesday, 27th February 2018