Pub­lic Health boss praises work of county’s ser­vices

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Mak­ing health and well­be­ing ev­ery­body’s busi­ness was the vi­sion shared by West Sus­sex County Coun­cil dur­ing a spe­cial visit by the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Pub­lic Health Eng­land last week.

Dun­can Sel­bie was wel­comed to County Hall in Chich­ester by West Sus­sex di­rec­to­rofPublicH­ealthAnna Raleigh to learn about the strong health and well­be­ing part­ner­ships be­ing forged across the county with the NHS, district and bor­ough coun­cils and oth­ers.

This high­lighted the in­no­va­tive work that is tak­ing place to pro­mote a healthy life­style, im­prove air qual­ity and sup­port peo­ple to look af­ter their men­tal well­be­ing as well as the help be­ing given to res­i­dents so they can re­tain their in­de­pen­dence and re­main healthy and well for longer.

The meet­ing also wel­comed rep­re­sen­ta­tives from NHS part­ners and Mid Sus­sex District Coun­cil.

Mr Sel­bie also heard about the suc­cess of the coun­ty­wide West Sus­sex well­be­ing pro­gramme which is de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with district and bor­ough coun­cils, and the new pro­gramme of work be­ing car­ried out in the county this year aim­ing to re­duce the num­ber of falls among el­derly res­i­dents.

Fig­ures from 2016/17 show that there were 4,495 emer­gency hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for falls re­lated in­juries in West Sus­sex.

The county coun­cil has awarded more than £750,000 in fund­ing to Sus­sex Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Trust from a ring-fenced gov­ern­ment grant that is aimed at re­duc­ing win­ter pres­sures on adult so­cial care and health ser­vices.

The pro­gramme will see a new Falls Cham­pion in each lo­cal care co­or­di­na­tion net­work in the county, known asLo­calCom­mu­ni­tyNet­works or Com­mu­ni­ties of Prac­tice.

The cham­pion will carry out early falls as­sess­ments as well as pro­vide ad­vice on pre­ven­tion, ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vices and equip­ment. They can also of­fer home haz­ard as­sess­ments for pa­tients who have been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a fall­re­lated ad­mis­sion.

Mr Sel­bie said: “I was de­lighted to visit West Sus­sex County Coun­cil and to speak with of­fi­cers about some of the chal­lenges fac­ing the author­ity, as well as learn about the work they are al­ready car­ry­ing out to help im­prove the health and well­be­ing of res­i­dents in the county.

“I think that West Sus­sex is a lead­ing ex­am­ple of Pub­lic Health within a lo­cal author­ity, work­ing at the heart of their com­mu­ni­ties.”

Amanda Jupp, the county coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for adults and health, added: “It was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing to hear Mr Sel­bie praise our Pub­lic Health of­fi­cers for al­ready mak­ing great strides in a num­ber of ar­eas across the county.

“We have worked closely over the years with our part­ners in the district and bor­ough coun­cils to help de­liver a num­ber of ex­cel­lent ser­vices and these good out­comes are down to this strong con­tin­u­ing part­ner­ship.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Pub­lic Health Eng­land, Dun­can Sel­bie

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