County council’s proposals to improve health

Tackling poverty, promoting healthy eating and support to help people stop smoking are at the heart of new plans to improve and protect the health of Derbyshire residents.

Members of Derbyshire County Council (DCC), which took over responsibility for public health in April, recently approved the ‘Public Health commissioned services 2013-2015’ report which sets out plans to develop and help improve services in a number of areas.

The authority has a budget of £34m to commission services including: drug and alcohol misuse prevention, treatment and recovery; obesity and weight management; prevention and the early identification of cancer; mental health promotion and sexual health services.

The plan is based on a review of public health services carried out in April and as well as outlining the continuation of existing programmes and areas for development, it also highlights recommended new projects including: health improvement programmes for older people and breakfast clubs at schools.

DCC Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Cllr Dave Allen said: “This plan clearly sets out our main areas of work and our ideas to improve and protect the health of Derbyshire residents from birth and early years through working life to old age.”