Prevention is better than cure... We all know that. People are living longer, mainly because of better living standards but a little bit because of modern medicine. Although people are smoking less, they are less active and more overweight – which causes health problems like diabetes, heart trouble, joint conditions and cancer.
Our health is also affected by a wide range of other issues, such as housing, poverty, education or work opportunies and social exclusion. So it is clear that preventing ill health is a job for all of us, all our communities and the STP too.
The NHS Long Term Plan says "Wider action on prevention will help people stay healthy and also moderate demand on the NHS. Action by the NHS is a complement to – not a substitute for – the important role of individuals, communities, government, and businesses in shaping the health of the nation."You can find out much more about the health of local areas here.
Our prevention work includes:
|Supporting people to quit smoking Find help to quit|
|Offering free health checks to people aged between 40 and 74|
|Commissioning social prescribing - helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services which might be run by the council or a local charity|
|Preventing suicides - a new app has been launched for people who feel vulnerable to suicide and for those close to them, and GPs have been offered specialist training|
|In Norwich, the Healthy Norwich programme has championed The Daily Mile, Smokefree Sidelines, the 12th man barber shop project, GoodGym, reducing sugar in drinks and has given out grants to community groups that are helping to promote healthier lives.|