Thursday, June 13, 2019
Lancashire County Council's cabinet has agreed changes to Health Improvement Services at its meeting today (Thursday 13 June).
Health Improvement Services covers the county council's smoking, drug and alcohol treatment and healthy weight services.
In February full council proposed to reduce the budget for these services subject to a consultation with local people and organisations.
Following the consultation, the cabinet has decided to:
• Discontinue the current Active Lives Healthy Weight contracts on 31 March 2020 and reduce the budget for this part of the Health Improvement Services by £1.5m.
• Consider new options which encourage people to manage their weight by getting active outdoors and making use of digital technology.
• Make changes to the rehabilitation part of the substance misuse service to save £675,000.
• Refresh the Stop Smoking service so it focuses on key community groups in line with national policy.
• Work with partners to look at new ways of preventing people developing health problems and encouraging people to improve their health.
• Develop the council's workforce to direct people to general lifestyle advice where appropriate through the 'Making Every Contact Count' scheme.
• Develop health programmes that make better use of apps and social media to help people help themselves.
County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "Reducing the budget for these Health Improvement Services is a very tough decision.
"We fully recognise the importance of preventing illness, but we are having to respond to the reduction in the national ring fenced public health grant.
"We will continue to ensure that prevention is embedded in everything we do as a council and find innovative ways of enabling people to live healthier and happier lives.
"As well as making these savings, we're also reorganising these services so that we work much closer with other partner organisations such as the NHS, target services on specific sections of the community in most need of support and make better use of digital technology to help people to stay well and get support when they need it."
To read the cabinet report relating to this decision, read minutes of the meeting when they are published and view a web cast of the meeting when it goes on line, see agenda item 10 at our cabinet page
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