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Patient Engagement Weekly Bulletin – Wednesday 20th February 2019

Postedon 6th March, 2019 in News

Subject: Healthy Weston Public Consultation Events

Burnham On Sea – 14 March and Cheddar – 19 March

Please share the following dates as part of the Healthy Weston Public Consultation. It gives a chance to :-

  • Hear more about the proposals, including those relating to acute services at Weston Hospital from local doctors and others
  • Discuss the proposals and ask questions about their impact
  • Have your say on the future of healthcare in Weston and the surrounding areas

You will need to book tickets for each event.

Burnham on Sea Thursday 14 March 6.30-8.30pm
Princess Theatre, Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1EH

Cheddar Tuesday 19 March 6.30-8.30pm
Fairlands Middle School, Cheddar, BS27 3PG

Subject: Somerset Intelligence Team e-newsletter – February 2019

The SINePost e-newsletter is produced each month by the Somerset Intelligence team at SCC as part of its role in collating, analysing and disseminating data and research. It draws attention to the latest facts, figures, reports and analysis on Somerset. Links are provided to source material should you wish to find out more.

Included this month:-

  • Rough Sleeping: The number of people sleeping rough in Somerset has declined according to latest annual estimates published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
  • Economy: There are estimated to be 0.87 jobs for every Somerset resident aged 16-64 according to latest jobs density estimates from the Office for National Statistics, marginally above the national average rate.
  • Transport: The number of passenger journeys on local bus services in Somerset increased to 7.8 million in 2017/18, in figures published by the Department for Transport.
  • Births: The proportion of births in Somerset outside marriage or civil partnership remains above the national average, according to the Office for National Statistics.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact me.

Toby Atkins
Information Analyst
Business Intelligence
Customers and Communities
Somerset County Council
Taunton, TA1 4DY 01823 359228

Subject: The Big SEND* Information Day – Monday 25 March

*Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The Big SEND* Information Day will take place on Monday 25 March from 12.00-15.00 and 16.00-18.30 at:-

Westlands Entertainment Complex
1 Westbourne Close
Yeovil BA20 2DD


There will be opportunities to talk to those who provide services, visit information stands, attend workshops together with opportunities to sit and relax with pamper sessions and crafts. There will also be opportunities to have 1-1 clinic sessions.

Gareth D Morewood will be presenting. He has been the Director of Curriculum Support (SENCo) at Priestnall School in Stockport since September 2002. During this time he has shaped provision not only at Priestnall but also in a number of other schools and Local Authorities across the UK and Ireland through support, research, training and consultancy. Gareth also regularly supports parents/carers with SEND legislation and provision, as part of his wider interests in equality and opportunity for all. As a passionate advocate for inclusive education, Gareth has written extensively on his philosophy of inclusive education and provision over the past few years and regularly speaks at and chairs national conferences onprovision within mainstream settings for students with complex needs. You will find links to most of his papers, articles, books and films on his website, along with a number of resources that are freely available to use and adapt, as required. Through his own research, extensive knowledge and practical experience in developing whole-school approaches to supporting young people with autism in mainstream schools, Gareth has considerable experience in the development of evidence-based whole-school inclusive systems.


Booking details of the workshops, clinics and sessions will be available nearer the time.

Subject: Do you know someone with lung disease? Come and join us at the Breathe Easy Support Group, Bridgwater

The British Lung Foundation support group in Bridgwater, Breathe Easy is open to anyone with any form of lung disease, their carers, friends and family. We meet the second Wednesday of each month at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Hamp Street, Bridgwater TA6 6AW from 1.30pm-3.30pm. We have speakers at each session and it gives everyone the chance to talk to others living with lung disease and to share experiences and practical tips. Please feel free to click on this link and print the poster

The programme for Spring 2019 is:-

Wednesday 13 March
Charlie Acton-Pearce – MIND, Somerset

Wednesday 10 April
Julie Bolton – AgeUK

Wednesday 8 May
Julia Perry, BOC

A warm welcome awaits you! For more information regarding these meetings, please contact the British Lung Foundation Helpline on 03000 030 555

Subject: National No Smoking Day – 13 March

Today is the Day…for a fresh start. 13th March is National No Smoking Day, where everyone – whether you’re a smoker or not – comes together to inspire, motivate and support others to take the first step towards quitting smoking. Join thousands of people across the country and begin your smokefree journey with the help of a free and friendly stop smoking service.

For more information, please click on https://www.todayistheday.co.uk/

Subject: Stay Strong, Stay Steady Sessions

Stay Strong, Stay Steady sessions are special classes which help to reduce falls and improve balance, strength and confidence.

These sessions can help you to:

  • Rebuild your muscle strength
  • Improve your balance
  • Reduce your risk of falls
  • Stay confident
  • Maintain your independence
  • Have fun and enjoy life!

The sessions are led by qualified instructors, take place at venues across the whole of Somerset and are a joint venture with Age UK Somerset and Somerset County Council.

There are sessions in Taunton and some planned in Mineheadplease visit this web page for further details and contact information.

Subject: Catch up on the Richmond Group’s social prescribing webinar

Chloe Reeves and Aimie Cole, who have been leading the Richmond Group‘s ‘Doing the Right Thing‘ programme, recently held a webinar to present their learning so far. The webinar explored:

  • What social prescribing is and is not
  • The who, what and why of social prescribing
  • How social prescribing can be delivered and the five essentials
  • Language and how to talk about social prescribing
  • How to measure social prescribing
  • Considerations around commissioning and funding of social prescribing

You can catch up on the webinar here