Tuesday 26 January 2016
From April 2016, health and wellbeing services in Hounslow will be brought together into a single, one-stop-shop to help local people improve their health and lifestyles.
Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust has been awarded a contract to deliver a new integrated health and wellbeing service in the borough - which will help local people to stop smoking, lose weight, eat healthily and exercise more - providing residents with a complete solution for health improvement.
The new contract, awarded by Hounslow Council, will bring together Hounslow’s existing health and wellbeing services into an easy to access hub.
Through the new service, local people will be able to access stop smoking support; healthy weight services (including child weight management); services to address inactivity and promote exercise – including access to local leisure centre facilities; and support for people to reduce the risk of heart disease.
The new healthy lifestyle service will provide local people with easy access to a broad range of advice, information and support from healthy lifestyle specialists through a dedicated website, telephone service and face-to-face support. Through the service, local people will also be able to access other local health services, sport facilities and activities to improve wellbeing and address social isolation.
The community NHS trust will be working alongside the local voluntary sector in Hounslow - Hounslow Wellbeing Consortium, led by Integrated Neurological Services (INS) - to design and develop the new integrated health and wellbeing service for Hounslow and ensure local people have access to all the help they need to improve their lifestyles.
Councillor Ed Mayne, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure at the London Borough of Hounslow, said:
“The new health and wellbeing service will provide residents with the support they need to make the very simple lifestyle changes that can make a huge difference to their overall health.
“By having all of this under one service will improve co-ordination, make it easier and quicker for people to access information and increase cost-effectiveness.
“Our aim is to encourage as many of our residents to make healthier lifestyle choices and this service will provide the assistance they need in doing that and as result, enjoy a better quality of life.”
Patricia Wright, chief executive of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust said:
“We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to deliver this exciting and innovative new health and well-being service in Hounslow, working closely with key partners in the voluntary sector to give local people the help and support they need to improve their health through a single, easy to access service.
“By bringing together the existing health and wellbeing services in the borough – local people will be able to gain access to faster and more coordinated support to get all the help they need to make healthy lifestyle changes."