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2017

October

Arts and Culture benefits residents in care homes

An exciting new programme is aiming to put arts and culture at the centre of care by helping develop relationships between older people and care staff.

September

Essex smokers urged to sign up to Stoptober

The percentage of people who smoke in Essex is historically at its lowest at 14 percent, however this still equates to over 160,000 smokers in our county.

Council pledges an extra £1.2million towards supporting young carers in Essex as part of new countywide service

Thousands of young carers across Essex will benefit from a new countywide service aimed at ensuring they get the tailored support they need.

World Alzheimer's Day - 21 September 2017

There are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. It costs the UK economy £26.3billion a year and can ruin the lives of people living with it and those caring for them. 

National scheme launched to help carers of people with dementia

Essex Police has recently adopted a national scheme aimed to help reduce the time taken to gather vital information when a person with dementia goes missing.

July

Landmark strategy will transform mental health care in Southend, Essex and Thurrock

One in six Essex residents are known to be living with mental illness and one in four will experience a mental health problem each year. This is a challenge that local authorities and the NHS across Greater Essex are determined to tackle together. 

Success Regime needs 'Plan B' ASAP - doing nothing is not an option

Healthwatch Essex - the independent charity that listens to and represents the voice of users of health and social care in Essex - has reacted to the announcement by the Success Regime that it has 'decided to develop a revised model'.

Talk to us about Advance Care Planning for end of life

Healthwatch Essex - the independent charity that listens to and represents the voice of users of health and social care in Essex - is planning a study on Advance Care Planning (ACP) for end of life in Essex and we would like to hear from you about your experiences and views.

Information Team named the best in the country

The Information Team at Healthwatch Essex - the independent charity that listens to and represents the voice of users of health and social care in Essex - has been named the best in the country winning the national Information and Advice award.

Over 7,500 Essex residents set to benefit from new Short Term Support in the Community service

A new rapid, multidisciplinary short term support service is set to help thousands of Essex residents stay in their own homes and reduce hospital pressures.

June

Think carer - what does a carer look like to you?

People across Essex are being asked to 'Think Carer' during this year's Carers Week to help raise awareness of the needs of unpaid carers, help them to access support and create carer friendly communities.  

May

Campaigning to change the face of epilepsy in the UK

On May 15th, UK charity Epilepsy Action's annual campaign National Epilepsy Week began, aiming to raise awareness of a condition that affects 600,000 people nationwide. As in previous years, the aim is to tell as many people as possible about epilepsy, to help improve the lives of everyone affected by the condition.

Ending the stigma surrounding mental health

Two unique mental health initiatives caught the public eye in the same week. Both are attempting to remove the stigma around mental health - with one of them enjoying a very public royal seal of approval.

2016

1 in 3 of us will become a carer

In Essex, one in three of us at some point in our lives, will provide unpaid care and support for a friend or relative who is frail, sick, or disabled, and needs help with their day-to-day life.

Dementia Action Alliance to be formed

Essex County Council is working with partners across the community to develop a pan-Essex Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) aimed at transforming the lives of those who live with dementia.

Movember - time to grow the mo

It's time to start grooming the moustache...Movember is nearly here. This annual fund-raising event for men's health has grown from strength to strength in recent years, and now there is a new way to get involved.

Pan-Essex Dementia Action Alliance is launched

The Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is a movement with one simple aim: to bring about a society-wide response to dementia.

Healthwatch Essex launch 'Trip Advisor' healthcare review centre

Many of us take to the web to check out a hotel or restaurant in advance. Nowadays star ratings and reviews from the general public are a key way for many of us decide what services we use. So it makes sense to have something similar for health and care services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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