I understand the message below has been sent to all practices. As the outcome of this consultation is likely to influence the nature of public health enhanced services commissioned by the council then you may well want to consider reading and responding to the consultation documentation.
Consultation Launch - Changes to Birmingham Lifestyle Services
As you will be aware Public Health is now the responsibility of Birmingham City Council. We currently commission a wide range of lifestyle services for early years, children, young people and adults including:
• NHS Health Checks
• Healthy eating/weight management
• Physical activity
• Stop smoking services
• Health trainers
Following recent service reviews, extensive research and stakeholder engagement, we are now seeking your views on the proposed redesign of these servicesand the introduction of an integrated treatment and prevention system. This email highlights the start of the formal 60 day consultation that ends onFriday 10th July.
The proposed model seeks to ensure that we maintain a universal offer, whilst prioritising those with the greatest health needs. This approach goes beyond looking at single lifestyle risk factors and aims to manage multiple risk factors within an individual care plan to improve health and wellbeing. We are seeking to simplify the referral pathways via a single access point; this will be known as a ‘Lifestyles Hub’. It will aim to assess and support citizens to access the most appropriate services, as part of a holistic lifestyles care plan. These may include programmes such as health MOT’s, weight management,physical activity and stop smoking.
Additionally, the proposed model will include web-based support for all Birmingham Citizens, whilst providing advice and guidance for those exiting more intensive services aimed at those with the greatest need. The web based support tool would aim to provide a range of information, advice and applications to help citizens improve their health and wellbeing, include signposting to local services and opportunities, as well as web based applications that will support them to become more active, stop smoking or lose weight.
We really value all of the feedback and views provided. By completing the short questionnaire you will be assisting us to ensure we develop a model that meets the needs of Birmingham citizens.
Further information about the proposed redesign and a short questionnaire to ensure we hear your views is available through the Be Heard website:Birmingham Lifestyles Consultation
We welcome all feedback by Friday 10th July 2015.
We would be very grateful if you can also cascade this information to relevant colleagues, staff and Birmingham citizens within your networks.
If you would like any further information about this please contact Mark Roscoe via firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be sending further emails and information throughout the consultation, including consultation events that we will be holding across the city; please look out for these emails.
Sent on behalf of:
Commissioning Lead - Lifestyles
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