Have your say on Peterborough's Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Peterborough residents are being asked for their views on a draft strategy to improve health and wellbeing.

The strategy is a collaboration between the Peterborough City Council and the local NHS, and focuses on a variety of steps that can be taken to improve people's health in the city and surrounding rural areas.

It is the result of work done by a Health & Wellbeing Board, chaired by council leader John Holdich, which has strong representation from local GPs and HealthWatch as well as city councillors and officers. When complete, the strategy will help steer commissioning and service planning decisions of both the local NHS and the council.

The strategy starts by focusing on six core areas of health: children and young people; health behaviours and lifestyle; cardiovascular disease; mental health; ageing well and addressing communicable diseases. It sets out the key areas for attention within each one, and the initial steps to be taken.

It then considers the impact of the way we plan our local environment – for example housing, transport and green space – on the long term health of residents.

The board knows that there are differences in the health of residents between different areas and population groups in Peterborough, and that these are often linked to other social factors. Within the strategy there is a section on tackling inequalities in health, which identifies certain geographical areas and demographic groups that require special attention.

Residents are being asked to review the approach and provide their own insights and feedback on health issues.

Councillor Diane Lamb said: "Peterborough is a rapidly growing city and the number of people accessing health services is increasing all the time.

"The Health and Wellbeing Board is seeking ways to work with residents to improve their general health, which will help relieve future pressure on hospitals and medical centres.

"Plans include a Healthy Schools programme, more support for people to stop smoking, lose weight and drink less, and to help them 'age well' in their own homes.

"The input of city residents will be very important in shaping how this works in practice. I would urge people to take a look at the strategy and share their thoughts."

People can read the Health & Wellbeing Strategy and provide their views by completing an online questionnaire. 

Hard copies of the strategy and questionnaire are available at Town Hall and Bayard Place receptions and in each of the city's libraries. The consultation is set to run from 1 February to 30 April.

Following the consultation and subsequent reviews, the new strategy will be taken to the Health and Wellbeing Board for approval in June 2016. 

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