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Joint primary care commissioning committee meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 12/03/2020 - 13:00
Information on the March 2020 joint primary care commissioning committee meeting.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's March 2020 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

20 inch pothole in the dip beyond near the stream beyond Modder House, 17th February

The pothole has been here for months. When raining and filled with water one is unable to tell how deep it is. One car crashes into it possible damaging a tyre.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Cornwall
Report on FixMyStreet
Categories: FixMyStreet

Find out more about mental health safety plans at events across Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 5 hours 46 min ago

A series of events aimed at supporting people with their mental health by using a mental health safety plan are being held across Cornwall on 28 February.

Events will be held in Penzance, Carnon Downs and Lanivet and Cornwall Council's Public Health Team would like to invite anyone who is interested, including individuals, organisations and community groups, to learn more about how the plans can help them and the community.

Cornwall Council’s public health team work hard to provide support for people throughout the year with their mental health and mental health safety plans are designed so that people can help themselves during any stage of a mental health crisis.

In the UK an average 6000 people die a year from suicide, that’s compared to around 2000 people killed on the roads. In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on average, one person a week dies by suicide, which is higher than other areas of the South West.

Cllr Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health said: “A mental health safety plan supports and guides someone when they are experiencing thoughts of suicide to help them avoid a state of intense suicide crisis. Research tells us that it’s one of the best tools to mitigate future suicide behaviours. The events are an opportunity for people to hear about them in more detail, whether to learn how to write one for themselves or support someone else to write one.”

Launch events will be held in three different locations throughout the day on 28 February, these are at:

  • St John's Hall, Alverne Room, Penzance - 9am-11am
  • Truro and Penwith College, Tregye Campus, Carnon Downs - 12:30pm- 2:30pm
  • Lanivet Parish Community Centre, Lanivet - 4pm-6pm

Cllr Hawken added: “I’d urge anyone with an interest in this area to go to one of these events to find out more. It is the Council’s priority that everyone should have better health and this very much includes mental health.”

More information on each event and how to book can be found on the council’s website

For anyone who needs support with their mental health you can visit Cornwall Council’s website.

You can also download a mental health safety plan template off Cornwall Council’s website

Anyone who needs immediate help is urged to visit their GP.

Story posted on 17 February

Categories: Councils, Politics

New Cornwall care company aims to reduce the amount of time people spend in hospital

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 14/02/2020 - 13:44

A report which proposes that a new care company be established within the Corserv group, Cornwall Council’s arms-length group of companies was approved by Cornwall Council Cabinet this week (12 February).  

The new company aims to reduce the amount of time people spend in hospital and will help strengthen the care market. It will employ 300 staff and deliver around £10.5m of services each year.  

The council has agreed to this important change following its purchase of Trefula nursing home in St Day, and its plan to invest a further £825,000 in the STEPS service which helps people get back on their feet after a stay in hospital. The annual spend on these services will see an increase from £4.7m per year to £5.5m.

Cllr Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults said: “Building more capacity within reablement services means more people can be supported to live independently at home and avoid being placed in long term residential and nursing care when they don’t need to be.

“All of these services being managed by one company will also make it a lot easier for care and health workers to refer people into the service.”

In 2018, the council commissioned a Strategic Review of Cormac which recommended that an alternative infrastructure be considered for Corcare and STEPS, which is currently managed by Cormac, whose primary focus is Highways.

The Cormac report proposed that, in order to enable Corserv to develop specialist expertise in the delivery of care services, and to enable the Cormac company to focus on traffic and highway services, a new care company be established as a subsidiary of Corserv Ltd within the Corserv Group of Companies.

The new company will be able to recruit and develop new care staff to help bring additional capacity to the fragile care market in Cornwall. It will ensure that people receive the care they need. Supporting people to be at home and independent will be its central ethos. As a separate company it will have its own structure, governance and board arrangements with specialist management expertise.

STEPS and Corcare bring expertise in providing care and support for people with a mix of different needs. Over the last year the reablement team have supported over 900 people to leave hospital by working with health professionals to identify people who can, with support, return to their own homes.

This initiative will support the council to deliver on its priorities of ‘reducing the need for admission to care homes’ and ‘reducing the number of people staying in hospital longer than is required’.

The business plan will be presented at the next March Cabinet meeting for progression to the next stage.

The full report can be viewed on the Council’s website

Story posted on 14 February

Categories: Councils, Politics
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