Outcome of the public consultation on changes to our health improvement services

On 13 June, Cabinet agreed proposals to remodel our health improvement services – drug and alcohol rehabilitation, stop smoking, Active Lives Healthy Weight.

On 26 June, the Health Scrutiny Committee resolved not to ask Cabinet to reconsider its decision after receiving a formal request from a number of councillors. This means that the decision will now be implemented.

Cabinet decided to:

  • Cease the Active Lives Healthy Weight service by 31 March 2020
  • Make changes to the rehabilitation part of the drug and alcohol services to save £675,000 and recommission.
  • Refresh stop smoking services by focusing on targeted groups within the community in line with national policy.
  • Invest a one-off £500,000 to assist in changing services and developing non-clinical approaches with a focus on prevention, to promote good physical and mental health across all ages.
  • Work with partners to look at new ways of preventing people developing health problems and encouraging people to improve their health.
  • Signpost and provide general lifestyle advice through the 'Making Every Contact Count' workforce development programme.
  • Develop a digital offer through using health and wellbeing apps and other social media platforms to help people help themselves.

For more information view the report to Cabinet 13 June 2019.