One Gloucestershire partners will continue to work together to support economic recovery and increase employment opportunities for young people, including in the health and care sector.

We will help people to take more control of their own health, recognise the benefits of good health and together develop active communities.

As people get to working age, we will support them to stay well, prevent or delay illnesses developing and live longer, healthier lives. This means providing help with things like stopping smoking, reducing alcohol levels and maintaining a healthy weight.

We’re also working as partners across the NHS, county and district councils and the voluntary and community sector to support active lifestyles. Through the ‘We Can Move’ programme, we aim to make physical activity ‘the norm’ and get 30,000 inactive people moving more.

When people do develop long term health conditions, we will aim to diagnose them early and support them to manage their conditions well. For example, help for people to manage their type 2 diabetes, heart or lung conditions.

Using a health coaching approach, we will continue to train staff to have better conversations with people who are living with long term health conditions, helping them to identify goals and change their habits to take more personal control of their health.

Increasingly, we want people to have access to non-medical support to help them live well with their long term conditions e.g. through Creative Health initiatives. GPs are already prescribing things like singing groups for adults with respiratory illnesses or mixed media arts for people with persistent pain.

More people will be referred, or refer themselves to the Community Wellbeing Service for support with wider social needs such as loneliness or ‘low level’ mental health issues. ‘Social prescribing,’ links people to a range of community groups and services for practical and emotional support.

As well as being able to access good quality services, we know that things like housing, employment, education and the environment have a significant impact on our overall health.

Connecting health and care services with programmes that support education and skills, welfare and benefits, leisure, housing and community safety will enable us to consider the many factors that influence opportunities for good health. For example, improving living conditions through installing home insulation and supporting people to make healthier food choices through a range of community based initiatives.

We know that as a result of the pandemic, more people in our communities are facing challenges with their mental health and wellbeing and are seeking advice and support. We want to make sure that people who need mental health support as adults can access help where and when they need it. For example, ‘Support at the Cavern’ is a drop-in service at The Cavern in Gloucester, a place where people can benefit from non-clinical mental health support, company and a listening ear, every evening from 6pm-11pm, 365 days a year.

Primary Care Networks, also known as Integrated Neighbourhood Teams (groups of GP practices working together with community partners in one place) are supporting people with mental ill health to live and stay well in their own communities, for example with mental health practitioners working within GP Practices.

When people attend hospital with mental ill health issues such as self-harm, suicidal thoughts, delirium or psychosis, our psychiatric liaison service ensures that people are assessed as quickly as possible and work with partners to ensure ongoing support is in place.