Health promotion activity in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly aims to help people to live longer and raise life expectancy to that of the best levels inEurope, whilst reducing the gap between the health of the wealthiest and poorest in society.
The Health Promotion Service aims to provide, support and encourage good health promotion practice across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.
This is achieved through the provision of:
- Projects delivered directly to the public;
- Advice and consultancy;
- Information and key health messages:
and our key areas of work include:
- Healthy weight – healthy eating and physical activity;
- Sexual health, including teenage pregnancy;
- Smoking and tobacco control;
- Skin cancer;
- Mental/emotional health including suicide prevention;
- Healthy Schools;
- Healthy Workplaces;
- Learning Disabilities
The Service covers all of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, except where identified by individual projects and programmes. Work, where appropriate, is focused in areas of highest deprivation, eg Health Trainer Service
The Health Promotion Service addresses a range of communication needs in its delivery including:
- Physical and learning disability
- Visual and hearing impairment
- Ethnicity (including English not as a first language)
- Literacy skills
The Service works to ensure that information is available in a range of formats and languages, and reasonable adjustments made to training and service delivery to ensure it is accessible to a broad range of people.
Evaluation and Evidence Base
All Health Promotion Service projects and programmes are evidence based and work to the following main, key documents. Each individual project will have additional, relevant strategies and guidance.
- Healthy Lives, Healthy People (Department of Health, 2010)
- Improving Outcomes and Supporting Transparency: Public Health Outcomes Framework for England 2013-16 (Department of Health, 2012)
- Cornwall and Isles of Scily PCT Strategic Outcomes
- Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Health Promotion Service projects and programmes evaluate their work on an ongoing basis. This includes outcomes (clients stopping smoking, losing weight etc) and client satisfaction. The Service also uses NICE Guidance to inform projects and programmes.
Annual staff personal development reviews are used to ensure staff are up to date and well trained to ensure a high quality service.
The service provides training for other health promoters to ensure they are up to date with their information and practice.