Public Health Campaigns
The Council works hard to highlight priority public health programmes, and works with it’s partners, including Public Health England to promote locally, national campaigns which could significantly improve the health of local people.
Breast Cancer awareness for women over 70
The council is supporting the current Public Health England campaign raising awareness that women aged 70 and over are still at risk of breast cancer.
Currently we are encouraging all residents, especially those in ‘at risk’ groups, to take up a ‘flu vaccination. Your GP will be able to arrange this, or you can find details of pharmacists that offer the vaccination.
The Council is committed to helping residents to lead healthy and active lives, and to promote wellbeing across the whole of life. Barking & Dagenham has some of the highest levels of ill-health in the country, and improving this situation is one of the Council’s top priorities.
On these pages you can find out about our leading role in improving the health of local people, our joint working with the NHS, and about some of our latest health improvement campaigns.
Health and Wellbeing Board
From 1 April 2013 the Council operates a Health and Wellbeing Board, which brings together health and social care partners with patient representatives to ensure that better services are delivered through ‘joining up’ the different strands of service provision. The Board is chaired by the Cabinet Member for Health.
The Council works closely with Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group to secure the best possible improvements in the health of the local population. All local health and social care partners are committed to reducing health inequality, promoting independence, and providing accessible and well-understood services and information.
Health and Wellbeing Strategy
We have set out our joint priorities in a Health and Wellbeing Strategy running from 2012 to 2015. This aims to secure improvements in health, and health and social care services, across all stages of life.
The Strategy was based on a comprehensive assessment of the health, wellbeing and social care needs of the population, which is called a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. The easy-to-browse website provides a wealth of information on the health needs of local people.
The Council runs a range of campaigns to raise awareness of key threats to people’s health, and to support residents in managing their health and wellbeing. Some of these are locally driven campaigns, others are national campaigns from Public Health England that we ensure are implemented for local people. Go to the Public Health pages for more information about campaigns.
Also from 1 April 2013, the Council became responsible for leading the local public health system. Public health is about improving the health of whole populations, and as the leader of the public health ‘system’ locally, the Council can draw on important services that impact on health, such as housing, education, leisure and culture. Led by the Director of Public Health, you can find out more about some of the priority public health programmes in these pages.
You can also read the Director of Public Health's Annual Report 2013 and the Director of Public Health's Annual Report 2012, which give the latest data on the health profile of Barking and Dagenham.