Home Health Health and Wellbeing Board update – Tuesday 30 January

Health and Wellbeing Board update – Tuesday 30 January

by Guy Murphy

At the latest meeting of the Knowsley Health and Wellbeing Board, partners came together to discuss a number of key items and update on ongoing proposals and consultations.

The main focus of the meeting was on Falls and Fracture Prevention in people aged 50 and over. Knowsley Council has been working closely with Mersey Care, Everton in the Community and Merseyside Fire and Rescue and partners delivered a presentation exploring the current pathways and support in place.

In 2023, a number of residents successfully completed the 12-week Safe and Steady Programme and reported improved strength and balance as result of their involvement. You can read more here.

During the meeting, members also discussed the work taking place to increase vaccination uptake given the rising cases of measles in England. It was agreed that continuing communications of key messages would be a priority action.

An update was provided on the Workwell Proposal. The Workwell Proposal is a local bid for funding for an enhanced Work and Health Programme to target support for those out of work for health reasons and those in work at risk of falling out of work.

The Board also received an update on the recently updated Smoking, Vaping and Tobacco Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. Knowsley Council is keen to understand how people living in Knowsley feel about smoking and vaping and is encouraging residents to take part in a Smoking, Vaping and Tobacco Control Resident Survey. The survey is open to people who smoke, vape and those who do not currently smoke or vape. You can find the survey here: Consultations | Knowsley Council

Cllr Christine Bannon, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health, said: “Falls prevention is a hugely important programme of work for Knowsley Council and is it key to supporting our residents to stay in their homes longer and reduce hospital visits.

“There were a number of key actions from the meeting, and I look forward to receiving an update on the work undertaken over the coming weeks.

Full Board papers are available here.