Could you benefit from using the Wakefield health and wellbeing services?
Are you looking to lose weight, stop smoking or looking for ways to help you cope with stresses in your life? Then the teams working in the Trust’s health and wellbeing services in Wakefield may be the answer for you!
What is health and wellbeing?
Health and wellbeing isn’t just about the absence of an illness or disease, it incorporates physical, mental and social ‘wellness’. Social isolation, finances, safety and stress are all factors that can also impact on a person’s experience of health and wellbeing.
The good news is that people can improve their health and wellbeing just by making small changes to their lifestyle and the teams in this service can support people to do this – one step at a time.
Therese Manship, health and wellbeing services manager said, “Our services joined the Trust in April 2011, as part of the reforms within the Transforming Community Services agenda and we have been working really hard since then to build on the services we can provide to local people and ensure they are the best we can offer.
“Our team can help people find ways to deal with a range of problems that they may be experiencing and work with them to develop a plan that will help them to eat healthier food, stop smoking, cut down on the amount of alcohol they drink, get involved with physical activity or manage a long term condition. Find out more about how our teams could help you below!”
Wakefield stop smoking service
The stop smoking team offer free, confidential, advice and support to anyone who wants to stop smoking. They offer structured weekly support sessions, 1:1 appointment drop in clinics, a Quit Shop service open Tuesday to Saturday and ‘early bird’ and ‘night owl’ stop smoking clinics.
Within the stop smoking service, there are also a variety of specialised services to help people stop smoking if they are; pregnant, in the workplace, young people, older people, in secondary care or have mental health difficulties. Our specialists also engage in a number of health promotion activities to raise awareness of the effects of smoking and different methods people can use to stop.
Find out more about the stop smoking service or contact the team on 01977 465449
Health and wellbeing development worker team
Health and wellbeing development workers promote health and wellbeing in older adults and adults with a physical and/or sensory impairment. Through health promotion, education and preventative activities the team supports members of the community to live a healthier lifestyle in groups or on a one-to- basis.
The health and wellbeing team have a directory of social, exercise and support groups in your area where you could meet new people. The team will discuss with you what sort of group you may be interested in, provide you with details and help you make arrangements for your first visit.
View the directories and see what is available in your own area.
The Wakefield health and wellbeing team provides a range of support and advice to local people to help maintain their wellbeing. Explore what additional support is available and how they might be able to help you or someone you know.
Community food and health team
The team work across the district to raise awareness of the health benefits of eating a balanced diet. They encourage local people to overcome barriers that stop them from enjoying a healthy diet and run cook and eat sessions that allow people to develop skills, build their knowledge and their experience of choosing and cooking with healthy food.
Contact the team on 01924 361212 ext 228 to find out more
Self management service
The self management service deliver the Expert Patients Programme to help people with long terms conditions improve their health and wellbeing and regain some control of their lives.
The Expert Patients Programme is a training course that teaches people how to manage their conditions by using five core skills: problem solving, decision making, making the best of resources, developing effective partnerships with healthcare providers and taking appropriate action.
Contact the team on 01977 665732 to find out more.
The Trust’s health trainers provide support and motivation to people who want to make a healthy lifestyle change. The team help individuals set realistic personal goals and find other services that may help them to maintain lifelong changes. They also deliver group weight management sessions throughout the community.
Find out more about the health trainers or contact the team on 01977 665717
Safe @ Home
The Safe @ Home team support victims of domestic abuse, offering advocacy, emotional support, group work and one-to-one support. The team work with victims and their families to provide clear pathways and care plans in order for people to stay safe. They also provide anger management programmes for perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Contact the team on 0800 9151561 to find out more
Public health education team
The public health education team support staff in our health and wellbeing services as well as our partners, community groups and agencies throughout the Wakefield district, to increase skills and develop their knowledge. The team deliver training designed to meet the needs of individuals and the organisations they work for.
Contact the team on 01977 665714 to find out more or visit their website.
Who can use or make a referral to the health and wellbeing services?
- Staff wishing to refer clients who live in the Wakefield district
- Self referrals from anyone living/working in the district
- General practices
- District nursing services and community mental health services
- Voluntary organisations
- Community centres
- Other public sector organisations
Page last updated on September 19th, 2013