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Having difficult conversations – helping people in Cornwall recognise the risk of developing diabetes

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 12/06/2018 - 13:27

With an estimated 29,000 people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly currently living with diabetes and a further 26,000 people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, health organisations are supporting this year’s national Diabetes Week (June 11th) which aims to help prevent diabetes and support those living with the condition. 

The theme of this year’s Diabetes Week, which is staged by Diabetes UK, is “having difficult conversations”. To help health care practitioners have these conversations NHS England has published “Language Matters” which provides advice and guidance on the language which should be used to communicate with people who have diabetes. 

Approximately 1,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly every year. Helping people to recognise the risks of developing diabetes and encouraging them to take action to reduce those risks is one of the key priorities for health and care organisations. 

“Diabetes can have many serious effects on a person’s health, such as increased risk of a stroke, heart attack or impaired eyesight, and we want to help people to reduce those risks” said Caroline Court, Interim Public Health Director for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

Dr Iain Chorlton, NHS Kernow’s chairman, added: “Leading a lifestyle balanced with good diet and physical activity will not only help people lower their risk of developing diabetes, it will also help them to improve overall health. 

“We know it can sometimes be challenging to raise these issues with patients and their families but it is vital to have these difficult conversations and I welcome this new guidance from the NHS”.

 Last year more than 1,300 people from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who were at risk of developing diabetes took part in the National Diabetes Prevention Programme ‘Healthier You’ which provided advice on nutrition and exercise and suggested behavioural changes to maintain a healthy weight and become more physically active. 

One of those who has benefited from the programme is Lindsey whose routine blood test at her doctor’s surgery revealed she had higher than expected blood sugar levels.  After being invited to join a Living Well Taking Control (LWTC) group Lindsey has lost weight, changed her diet and has become more active. 

“It was reassuring knowing I wasn’t the only one in this position” said Lindsey.  

I have learnt how to make healthier choices, reviewing my diet and what exercise I am doing. I now use the traffic light system when out shopping to ensure I buy healthier foods. I have also cut down on my sugar intake.” 

Since completing the first stages of the LWTC programme, Lindsey’s confidence has grown and she has become a volunteer for Age UK Cornwall.  One of the volunteering roles she covers is to assist the LWTC facilitator with two groups by greeting participants on arrival, making refreshments for the group and joining in with group discussions sharing her experiences.

Other successful local initiatives include the development of a virtual diabetes pathway which uses technology to reduce the time some patients have to wait and travel to hospital appointments. First piloted in north Kerrier, this pathway reduces inconvenience for patients and brings their care closer to home.  

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly also have 100 percent participation by GP practices in the Primary Care National Diabetes Audit which is higher than most areas of the country. This allows health care professionals to identify the number of people living with diabetes who achieve treatment targets for blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, helping to reduce the risk of diabetic complications such as heart attack, stroke, amputation, kidney disease and blindness. 

Further work is now taking place to increase the number of people achieving these targets and identify those people at highest risk in order to support improving their care.

NHS Kernow is also one of more than 180 CCGs taking part in the NHS Diabetes programme which aims to improve outcomes for people with diabetes. 

As part of this programme NHS Kernow is aiming to improve the health outcomes of more than 2,000 people with diabetes who have been identified as having poor blood glucose / blood pressure / cholesterol control issues which could cause them to have complications such as stroke or amputation later in life. Staff are currently working with GPs, colleagues at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, community nurses and community pharmacists on a range of initiatives to support this group of people. 

NHS Kernow’s work to provide better and easier support and care to people living with diabetes was praised at last year’s prestigious National Quality in Care (QiC) awards, with judges presenting the CCG with a commendation in the “Patient Care Pathway – Adults” category for its virtual clinic work. 

Anyone who is concerned about developing diabetes can check their risk on the Diabetes UK online risk tool before speaking to a health professional. 

Story posted 12 June, issued by Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Cabinet to discuss homes, parking and infrastructure

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 12/06/2018 - 11:37

Homes, parking and infrastructure will feature strongly on next week’s Cabinet meeting on 20 June 2018, aiming to build more homes, improve parking and put more onus on developers to fund community infrastructure.

Proposals under consideration include land in Newquay and Launceston being purchased under the Council’s Housing Development Programme (HDP). If supported, the proposal will help to meet increased demand in Cornwall for affordable housing for local residents, delivering 675 new homes.

Cabinet will also be discussing the proposed Charging Schedule for the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which will allow the Council to raise money from developers to pay for vital infrastructure like roads, schools and playgrounds. 

Following an extensive review of the way the Council delivers parking services across Cornwall, new parking plans will be considered.

Proposals include upgrades to technology so that car park users can pay on exit and book a space in advance, which would allow people to spend more time in town centres.  Improving the technology in the busiest car parks will also free up enforcement officers to tackle on-street parking issues.

After the Cabinet agreed in principle at their meeting last month (02 May 2018) to the Council taking a significant strategic leadership and delivery role in developments at Threemilestone, Cabinet will also consider the strategic purchase of land at Langarth Farm, to bring forward the development of a high quality housing scheme and set the tone for further development in the area.

If Cabinet agree that the land may be purchased, the final decision on whether to go ahead will be taken by full Council. If agreed, the proposed development would be led by Cornwall Council and made up of a mixture of housing types, including a significant proportion of affordable housing, but also housing owned by the Council and rented at market rents.

Cabinet members will also consider the findings of an inquiry into the best way for members make decisions around the work of the Cornwall Investment Programme. 

Other items on the Cabinet agenda include a review of the Council Performance Report and Capital Programme Outturn Review.

Members of the public are able to attend the Cabinet meeting in person at New County Hall, or can watch the meeting via a live webcast.

Members of the public can also submit questions no later than midday two clear working days before the meeting. 


Story posted 12 June 2018

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Local matters discussed at the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 11/06/2018 - 16:36

People in and around St Agnes and Perrranporth are being invited to attend the June meeting of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel and hear about local matters.

All are invited to attend the Network Panel meeting which takes place on Thursday 14 June between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Perranzabuloe Parish Rooms, Chyanhale, Ponsmere Valley, Perranporth, TR6 0DB.

At the meeting community network panel members will be invited to discuss local matters in their area. As this is the annual general meeting the panel will also be asked to elect a Chair for 2018/19.

Perranzabuloe Parish Councillor Ken Yeo and Chair of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel, said: “Everyone is invited to attend the meeting of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel. The meeting on Thursday is a good opportunity for local residents to find out what’s going on locally and meet their local Cornwall Councillor and their local parish councillor representatives.”

The St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including the police and health services.

Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.

The panel comprises of all the Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the six Parish Councils (Crantock, Cubert, Perranzabuloe, St Agnes, St Allen, St Newlyn East) in the community network area.

More information about the Community Network Panels and dates for future meetings can be found on the Cornwall Council Community Networks webpage. 

Posted 11 June 2018

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Overgrown verge, 11th June

Overgrown verge, unable to see oncoming traffic at junction of Chenhalls road and Water Lane
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 27 Treloweth Close, St. Erth
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Launceston Matters and Community Led Local Development on the agenda for Launceston Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 11/06/2018 - 11:52

People in and around Launceston are being invited to learn about Launceston Matters and Community Led Local Development at the Launceston Community Network Panel annual general meeting on Thursday 21 June at 6.30pm in Launceston Town Hall.

The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Launceston Community Network page.

Jon Teague, Area Co-ordinator of Atlantic and Moor and South East Cornwall Local Action Groups, will brief the panel on Community Led Local Development (CLLD) and the funding opportunities available through it.  CLLD is a new scheme and will fund projects from voluntary and community sector organisations as well as private businesses that help remove the barriers to training and employment for those in Cornwall’s most deprived communities.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive Officer of V Learning Net, will give a presentation on Launceston Matters, a community group focused on shaping the town’s future, and potential projects for the area.

The meeting will include updates on the Community Network Highways Scheme, which gives community network panels a greater influence over local transport schemes, and strengthening community networks. 

As this is the annual general meeting, the panel will also elect a chair and a vice-chair for the next 12 months and set its priorities for the area with a view to influencing Cornwall-wide strategies, local service delivery and local projects.      

In addition to this, there will be local updates from Cornwall, town and parish councillors and time for public questions.

Cornwall Councillor Neil Burden, Chair of Launceston Community Network Panel, said: “This is your chance to hear about some of the exciting opportunities and funding available to local groups and businesses. In addition we would welcome everyone’s input to help shape our local priorities for the next 12 months, which will focus the work of the Launceston Community Network Panel. Our community network has adopted the practise of an open forum where we try to ensure all those attending can share their views and those of their local communities, at the same time respecting differing views and priorities.  Everyone is welcome, so come along and join us.”

Launceston Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services. 

Launceston Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 16 parishes in the community network: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Launceston, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, North Hill, North Petherwin, South Petherwin, St Stephens by Launceston, St Thomas the Apostle, Stoke Climsland, Trewen and Werrington.

Story posted 11 June 2018

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Helping people in Cornwall recognise the risk of developing diabetes

NHS Cornwalll News - Mon, 11/06/2018 - 00:00
Today marks the start of this year's national Diabetes Week (June 11th) which aims to help prevent diabetes and support those living with the condition.
Categories: Health

The Grass is so long the kids can’t play and I lost the dog!, 10th June

The grass hasn’t been cut in weeks!

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 41 Mount Pleasure, Beacon
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Council welcomes rough sleeper funding

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Sat, 09/06/2018 - 09:08

Welcoming today's funding announcement from Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP,  Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Tackling rough sleeping is a complex issue, which is why we have already invested £1.1m in a Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy launched last year. Having a coordinated, multi-agency approach to tackling rough sleeping is paying off with rough sleeping numbers reducing by 31% (from 99 to 68) between November 2016 and November 2017.”

Cllr Mitchell adds: “This additional funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government will allow us to put in place even more ambitious plans that will directly help take people off the streets this winter, providing them with accommodation and support. We will be able to offer new personalised and tailored solutions to the most disengaged rough sleepers that haven’t been available before. Our end goal is to ensure no one has to sleep rough in Cornwall”.

This new funding will specifically help entrenched rough sleepers off the streets permanently by extending outreach support, increasing crisis hostel accommodation by six bed spaces  a year, delivering additional cold weather provision so that rough sleepers do not have to stay on the streets this winter and increasing access to both supported accommodation and private rented accommodation. 

Story posted 09 June 2018

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