Glossop Advertiser - - News - Kieran Quinn

IT’S strange to think that’s it’s been over two and a half years since Greater Manch­ester signed the agree­ment to get full con­trol of its £6 bil­lion health and so­cial care bud­get.

Since then, the trans­for­ma­tion of our health and so­cial care ser­vices in Greater Manch­ester has been driv­ing for­ward at a steady pace.

That be­ing said, I know that most peo­ple in Tameside, quite rightly, want to know what it all means for them. At its heart, tak­ing con­trol of our health and so­cial care bud­get means that any de­ci­sions that af­fect Tameside will be made by peo­ple in Tameside. A big fo­cus so far has been on pre­ven­tive care, im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life of our residents and re­duc­ing de­mand on ser­vices by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take charge of their own health.

To meet that goal, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the NHS have teamed up to pro­vide a range of use­ful in­for­ma­tion and ser­vices. One of the most in­ter­est­ing is Change 4 Life, which shows peo­ple how to make small, sus­tain­able and sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to their health and diet.

Their web­site in par­tic­u­lar is worth a look, as it con­tains ev­ery­thing from facts about dif­fer­ent kinds of food, ideas for ac­tiv­i­ties and recipes and fun games for young peo­ple. It’s ab­so­lutely one of the first places I’d go if I wanted to learn more about healthy liv­ing.

There are other help­ful ser­vices closer to home. Ev­ery month our pub­lic health ser­vice puts out on­line “Pic­ture of Health” in­for­ma­tion sheets themed around a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus, in­clud­ing health risks for par­tic­u­lar groups of peo­ple, con­di­tions like cancer or heart dis­ease, and life­style fac­tors such as to­bacco and al­co­hol con­sump­tion. Pen­nine Care NHS Foun­da­tion Trust are also run­ning a sum­mer-long se­ries of free health and well­be­ing ses­sions at Ash­ton Pri­mary Care Cen­tre, cov­er­ing sub­jects such as por­tion con­trol, eat­ing well and un­der­stand­ing food la­bels. You can con­tact them at 0161 716 2000 for more in­for­ma­tion.

So if you want to work on your health and life­style, I en­cour­age you to take a look at the tools that are on of­fer to help you out. Our am­bi­tion is to bring life ex­pectancy in Tameside up to at least the English av­er­age. It will make peo­ple’s live bet­ter, and it will save our health and so­cial care ser­vices money. More im­por­tantly than ei­ther of those though, it is sim­ply the right thing to do.

Kieran Quinn

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