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Information on NHS Kernow's February 2021 Governing Body meeting.
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NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 01/12/2020 - 11:30
Information on NHS Kernow's December 2020 Governing Body meeting.
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Statement on Safeguarding Adults Review on support given to homeless man with complex needs

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 27/11/2020 - 15:54

Cornwall Council accepts the findings of a summary report published today (November 27) by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board (CIOSB) on the support given to a homeless man with complex health and welfare needs.

The Board commissioned the review so partner agencies in Cornwall and Devon could learn from the experiences of the man, who is identified only as ‘Jack’ in the executive summary report to protect his anonymity.

Jack is now safe and well and lives in a nursing home.

The review examined Jack’s experiences with health and social care agencies over a three-year period from 2016 to identify if there were areas in his support that could be improved.

His case was one of the first to be referred to the High Risk Panel set up in 2018 and made up of Cornwall Council’s adult social care services, NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Devon and Cornwall Police and other agencies.

The panel enables professionals to discuss detailed support for individuals who are causing high levels of concern and need a focussed and co-ordinated approach across several agencies in order to protect and support them.

This initiative has continued since Jack’s case and has been extremely successful in supporting many more individuals in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Cllr Rob Rotchell said: “Jack was one of the first people we supported through our High Risk Panel and his positive outcome being settled in a new home demonstrates that the Panel is working effectively to make timely referrals of complex cases and manage multi-agency planning.

“Jack’s story highlights how difficult it is for individual practitioners and agencies to balance respecting a person’s autonomy and right to choose with the duty of care to prevent significant harm or to protect an individual from abuse and neglect.

“As a health and care system we are always striving to improve our services to residents and continually learning from experiences and research in this difficult and complex area which is developing all the time.

“The executive report clearly identifies the issues raised by Jack’s review and an action plan is now in place to monitor how local services in our health and care system are changing in the light of the recommendations in the review.”

The report says Jack spent several years living a transient lifestyle mainly across the South West. He was homeless and there were increasing concerns about his health and welfare.

He had multiple contacts with housing personnel, mental health practitioners, police officers, emergency hospital departments and social workers.

In November 2018 Jack came under the supervision of the Court of Protection that now oversees his care placement and a Deprivation of Liberty order.

The scope of the Safeguarding Adults Review looked at a number of issues as they related to Jack, including support for adults who self-neglect, those with multiple complex needs and who are homeless.

It also looked at practices surrounding assessment of an individual’s mental capacity, hospital discharge, liaison between different local authorities and partnership and collaborative learning.

The review says practitioners and some agencies and services worked diligently to try to meet Jack’s accommodation, care and support needs and that there is evidence of some information-sharing between agencies, including across local authority boundaries.

The report adds Jack’s behaviour and lifestyle proved challenging for individual practitioners and service providers when trying to meet his needs and keep him safe.

It identifies issues in Jack’s care and makes recommendations which have been agreed by all partner organisations of the Safeguarding Adults Board.

A key recommendation in the review is that formalised, multi-agency systems should be used to bring together practitioners and managers to share information, risks and mental capacity assessments so an agreed plan can be put in place to support an individual.

It says policies and procedures for homelessness and self-neglect should complement each other, be up to date and monitored regularly for effectiveness and joint working.

It also calls for legal advice and training for frontline staff and managers to support their work in dealing with complex care and mental capacity and information sharing.

An action plan has started to monitor how services for highly complex cases such as this could be continually improved, including overseeing the effective working of the High Risk Panel which manages complex referrals.

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board’s executive summary review into Jack’s story can be viewed here. 

 

Story posted November 27, 2020

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Cornish communities get help to make their visions a reality

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 27/11/2020 - 14:57

Communities in Cornwall are being given a tool to help plan their own futures. 

The Sustainable Growth and Innovation team within Cornwall Council’s Planning and Sustainable Development Service and the Council’s Localism team has created the Place Shaping Community Toolkit, which aims to help towns and villages identify their priorities and ambitions and set them on the road to making them a reality. 

Place shaping is the idea of a community leading its own vision for the future – areas that have been most successful in securing external funding are those that have created, and stuck to, a consistent set of priorities and projects over a set period. 

The toolkit aims to help guide this using four key themes – town and town centre renewal; population growth; sustainable economic growth and key infrastructure. 

It helps communities decide on their vision and priorities and identify which local organisations can deliver them. 

Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economy and Planning, Tim Dwelly, said: “The aim of this is to help towns and villages produce their own place shaping vision themselves, led by what people living and working there want to see. 

“Cornwall Council will provide support at regular intervals throughout the process.  

“We appreciate that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to place shaping in Cornwall, as each area is unique and will therefore have different requirements – and that is why we have developed the toolkit.” 

The toolkit can be used by any community, however, it will also help those towns looking to apply to the Council’s Town Centre Revitalisation Fund, which was launched earlier in November

The toolkit will be available via the Town Centre Revitalisation Fund webpage on the Cornwall Council website. 

Posted November 27, 2020

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People urged to access Cornwall’s support services amid rise in anxiety and depression

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 27/11/2020 - 08:42

There is help and support available for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties during the second lockdown. 

This is the message from Cornwall Council’s Public Health team and NHS partners as once again people are asked to stay in their homes to halt the spread of coronavirus. 

Statistics suggest that the number of people experiencing anxiety and/or depression in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has roughly doubled since the pandemic began. 

A survey by independent group Healthwatch Cornwall over six weeks in June and July revealed that of the 1,731 participants, 13% had ‘probable’ depression/anxiety and 44% had ‘possible’ depression/anxiety.

In Cornwall Council’s residents’ survey in 2017 the figures were 5% and 22% respectively – roughly half.  

Concerns focused on finances, the health of family members, fears around catching the virus, isolation and loneliness, and uncertainty about the future. 

In response, Cornwall Council and its partners across the health and social care system have pulled together a range of materials including guides, web links, phone apps, z-cards for wallets and crucial information and contact details for anyone who finds themself in crisis. 

Many can be found on our Mental Health Guidance webpage, and there is a list of other links below. 

Support is being offered virtually as well as face-to-face, with targeted work going on in high risk groups and communities. Initiatives include social prescribing at GP practices, a mobile crisis lorry run by charity Valued Lives, and expansion of debt management and mental health advice and support via CAB and Pentreath. 

Cllr Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health, said: “We want people to know that mental health services are available to support them and ready to listen. It’s OK to not be OK, and no one has to face things alone. 

“As well as checking out the help and information on our website we would also urge everyone to follow the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which include staying in touch with family and friends, keeping active and healthy and trying new things.” 

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are: 

  1. Connect – Lockdown or self-isolation doesn’t mean you can’t stay in touch with friends and loved-ones through social media, email, facetime/video calling or a good old-fashioned phone call.  
  1. Be active – Staying active is vital for your physical and mental health, and lockdown doesn’t mean this is off limits. Check out the Healthy Cornwall website for ideas. 
  1. Keep learning – Trying a new hobby or learning something new is a great way to keep the mind active so why not learn a musical instrument, try your hand at photography or become a crossword expert? 
  1. Give - Supporting vulnerable people and/or volunteering can help you make new friends as well as make a huge difference in your community. For more information visit the Volunteer Cornwall website.  
  1. Take notice – Try to be mindful of your environment and make the time to get as much sunlight, fresh air and nature as you can, while still sticking to the rules. 

Rachel Wigglesworth, director of public health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “Cornwall Council is committed to helping people get safely through this second lockdown and beyond. 

“Being worried during these uncertain times is completely understandable and the new measures now in place mean it is more likely people will experience feelings such as anxiety, loneliness and being overwhelmed.  

“But we want everyone to know that help and support is there so please take the time to check out what’s available. This could help you improve your own mental wellbeing as well as the mental health of other people in your community. Remember, we’re all in this together.” 

Dr Richard Sharpe, advanced public health practitioner at Cornwall Council, said: “Information and feedback from across our communities suggest people are feeling more anxious but may not be coming forward for help and support with their wellbeing. There is also evidence that some people who are already known to mental health services are attending with more severe symptoms which are requiring more intensive support. 

“With this in mind we want to remind people that help is available and we would urge people to make use of the support services. I would also advise people to take time to relax, eat well, stay hydrated, and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle that includes good quality regular sleep patterns.” 

Tim Francis, head of joint strategic commissioning for mental health and learning disability at NHS Kernow, said: “It has been extremely encouraging to see how collaboratively service providers across statutory as well as 3rd and voluntary sectors have come together to tackle the impacts of the pandemic.  

“We have established even more support to reach out to even more people with targeted schemes including the farming and fishing communities and more rural towns and villages.” 

Further information for anyone struggling owth their mental health: 
  • 24/7 NHS mental health response line for support and advice: Call free on 0800 038 5300, any time day or night if you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health. The team behind our 24/7 open access telephone response line will listen to you and determine how best to help. 
  • A range of mental wellbeing guides are available on our mental health webpages.  They cover everything from pregnancy to suicidal thoughts. 
  • Outlook South West, which is part of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has a range of talking therapy services available to people aged 16 and above in Cornwall. These include psychological wellbeing courses like Stress Buster, currently being delivered as live online webinars. They also provide one-to-one therapy for anxiety and depression via telephone and video appointments, as well as various digital platforms for guided self-help.  
  • Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has 12 free online self-help courses that anyone can take from a platform called ‘SilverCloud’. 
  • Charities including Valued Lives and Mind contain a wealth of information aimed at helping people with mental health difficulties. 
  • For tips, support and advice on all things health-related visit the Healthy Cornwall website. 
  • For mental health safety plans and a list of Apps to support you with your mental health, visit our Safety Plan webpages.
  • If you are in crisis and need support then contact your GP or NHS Direct on 111. Other support available includes: 
  • Valued Lives – 01209 901438 
  • Samaritans – 116 123 
  • SANE – 0845 767800 
  • Papyrus – for young adults – 0800 0684141 
  • CALM – for men – 0800 585858 
  • Childline – for under 19s – 0800 1111 
  • Community Mental Health Team – 0845 2077711 
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Residents urged to remain on guard as Cornwall is placed in Tier One for Covid restrictions

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 26/11/2020 - 17:31

Cornwall will be placed in Tier One for coronavirus restrictions when the second national lockdown ends next week – but residents have been urged not to let their guard down in the fight against the virus.

It means businesses can reopen, although strict public health guidelines will remain in place, which include:

  • You must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless you have an exemption
  • If you can work from home, you should continue to do so
  • You should follow the rules on meeting others safely: no more than six people at a time
  • You should attend school or college as normal, unless you are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers
  • You should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling

Cllr Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “We are so grateful to our residents for their continued support.

“However, now is not the time to relax, we need to be on our guard more than ever before, if we are to remain in this position.

“The tiers are reviewed every two weeks, and we are close to being in tier two, so I ask each and every resident of Cornwall to do their bit and remain vigilant if we want to stay in tier one and not see a rise in cases in the winter months ahead.”

Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “We have worked so hard to keep levels of coronavirus down across Cornwall, the last thing we would like to see is people treat this as a chance to relax.

“I would urge everyone to continue to follow the public health guidelines.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel now with the positive news we have seen on potential vaccines, it would be a huge waste of effort to throw away all of our hard work now.”

Although businesses are allowed to reopen across Cornwall, any visitors have been told they must adhere to the tier rules that apply to where they live.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “To hear we have been placed in tier one is a huge relief to many businesses across Cornwall, who will now be able to reopen in time for the holiday season.

“However, it will not be business as usual.  We must remain vigilant and follow covid-safe guidelines, and we must also be mindful of the fact that visitors from across England must also adhere to the tougher tier two rules, even when they are visiting Cornwall.

“Those living in tier three areas are advised to avoid travelling to other areas altogether.

“This is good news for the hospitality industry across Cornwall, but we must remember that our priority must continue to be following the public health guidelines and ensuring we do not see a spike in case numbers going forwards.”

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George Welcomes Commitments in Spending Review for Investment

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has welcomed the Chancellors recent Spending Review that commits billions of pounds to help tackle coronavirus next year and £100 billion in capital spending to help drive the UK’s recovery and support jobs as we build back better…

Cornwall Council agrees a new vision for Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 26/11/2020 - 11:38

A plan that sets out a vision for Cornwall in 2050 was approved yesterday (25 November) by Cornwall councillors.

The plan was developed following a listening exercise, The Cornwall We Want, that saw thousands of people get involved and have their say.

Over 25,000 people visited The Cornwall We Want online platform, and over 4000 people contributed to the campaign by taking a survey, participating in live events and focus groups or by sending written contributions.

Cornwall Council Leader, Julian German said: “By listening to what residents told us and by understanding what we already know about Cornwall is how we have developed a plan for Cornwall: Gyllyn Warbarth, Together We Can: The Cornwall Plan.

“With full council endorsement this plan will now be presented at the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board as it’s imperative that everyone in Cornwall gets behind this vision so that we can all work together to achieve the goals that are set out. This includes Cornwall’s leaders, right through to each and every resident who we ask to think about what they can do to play their part, as the council cannot do this alone.”

The plan has also been endorsed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership Senate, which unanimously supported the proposed vision on 15 October, the Cornwall Association of Local Councils, which has formally written to express local councils’ support for the vision and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership, which unanimously supported the proposed vision on 22 October.

Cornwall’s Youth MP’s also endorsed the plan, they said: “Each year, young people across Cornwall vote on the top issues they want us to campaign for as members of the UK Youth Parliament. This vision places the most pressing concerns for children right at the heart of plans for Cornwall’s future, from protecting the environment through to improving mental health, ending child poverty and giving everyone an equal chance of a good life”.

Environment Secretary George Eustice has contributed the following endorsement: “Across the country, there is a new appreciation of the difference that nature makes to our lives, and of the link between our own health and that of the planet. This vision shows how Cornwall can lead the way in building back better and greener. We are working to protect and enhance our environment for the next generation.”

The plan will now be discussed at the next Leadership Board meeting on 11 December.

You can read the plan and give your feedback by visiting the Let’s Talk Cornwall website.

This vision will influence and shape Cornwall Council and partner strategies for years to come, if you are interested in seeing what strategies currently exist please visit the Council’s key documents page.

Story created on 25 November

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150 new electric vehicle charge points

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 26/11/2020 - 10:33

More than 150 electric vehicle charge points will be installed across Cornwall after the Council secured funding to significantly boost access for residents. 

The new units will be installed in a range of locations including Council car parks and offices, as well as in communities where there is currently limited charge point availability. 

Having made a successful bid to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for £2.9m, the Council has committed a further £725,000 to cover the remaining cost. 

It will bring the number of public charging points available in Cornwall to more than 360 by 2023.  

Last week the Government announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 as part of the wider aims of its green industrial revolution. Improving access to charging points well before this date will provide Cornwall with the infrastructure to help residents make the switch to electric or hybrid vehicles and help cut carbon emissions. 

Focus on reducing road transport emissions

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council cabinet member for climate change, said: “With road transport accounting for 22% of Cornwall’s carbon footprint, reducing it needs to be a focus of our activity.  

“We have to reduce the amount of miles we drive independently and the type of vehicles we use to get around. Travel in Cornwall isn’t as easy as in major cities where public transport is more readily available, but with electric vehicles becoming more widely available we have to increase the infrastructure to support them and help people make the switch. 

“I hope to see more electric vehicles on Cornwall’s roads in the coming years to help Cornwall become Carbon Neutral by 2030. And this is an important step along the carbon neutral way to having enough charging points to make electric vehicles a credible sustainable choice in Cornwall. As we work to improve access to infrastructure, I would also like to see more financial incentives from industry and government to enable people to make the switch.” 

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “As a Council we are committed to giving people choices about how they travel which not only benefit their health, but the environment too. We have invested heavily in cycling and walking schemes which make it easier – and safer – for people to travel to work and for children to travel to school and our supported bus network features the latest generation of low emission vehicles.” 

 

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Families in Cornwall are not claiming the help they are entitled to get

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 26/11/2020 - 09:57

Cornwall Council is urging local families to check if they are eligible for the Healthy Start scheme.

With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables, fresh, dried, and tinned pulses, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.

The number of families eligible has increased by approximately 30% through the pandemic but take up of the scheme in Cornwall does not yet reflect that, with about half of eligible families currently claiming the voucher for fruit and veg and just 2% of those that are eligible collecting the vitamins.

Cabinet Member for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said: “The impact of the pandemic on families has been profound and I would urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible to get in touch. 

“The scheme can be worth up to £900 per child over their first four years of life and add at least £3.10 to a family shop per-child per-week, but this will raise to £4.25 in April following the campaign by the England Footballer Marcus Rashford.”

“Under the scheme, along with a voucher, families are also entitled to claim vitamins, which include Vitamin D; the Vitamins are a great way to supplement someone’s diet and the benefits can be huge.”

Healthy Start vitamins contain vitamins A, C and D for children aged from birth to four years, and folic acid and vitamins C and D for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Healthy Start vitamins are important because 8% of children under five in the UK don’t have enough vitamin A in their diet and families in lower-income groups tend to have less vitamin C in their diet.

Public Health England issued advice at the start of the pandemic, urging everyone to take vitamin D daily because of lockdown and people spending more time indoors. Evidence also suggest that we should all be taking vitamin D between October and April, because of the shorter days; this includes breastfed babies from birth and formula fed babies when they have less than 500ml of formula a day.

The vitamins are available to exchange for vouchers in pharmacies across Cornwall with a network of 30 across the county, supported by the Local Pharmacy Committee.

To qualify a family must be on job seekers allowance, income support or in receipt of other qualifying benefits, which is about 4331 people in Cornwall.  Every eight weeks families are sent a green vitamin voucher, which they can swap for either Healthy Start women’s vitamin tablets or Healthy Start children’s drops in pharmacies across Cornwall.

Sally Hawken added: “A healthy balanced diet is essential and the fruit, vegetables and vitamins that this scheme provides helps children as they grow. I would urge anyone who uses the vouchers, already to take up the free vitamins and anyone on these benefits to speak to their health visitor or midwife to see if they qualify.”

To qualify you must be at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you or your family get:

  • Income Support, or
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
  • Child Tax Credit (with a family income of £16,190 or less per year)
  • Universal Credit (with a family take home pay of £408 or less per month) 

You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of the above benefits.

Families who need to know more information can discover more  by discussing with their midwife, health visitor, local family hub or online at the Healthy Cornwall Website  or on the NHS website.

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