£1 million plus public health funding for Notts
Over £1 million of funding has been agreed by councillors to improve health and wellbeing and help reduce health inequalities in the county over the next four years.
Adult Social Care and Health Committee approved the funding this week which will come from its public health reserves to finance a range of existing projects that were due to come to an end.
£380,782 will go towards the Schools Health Hub which supports schools to improve health, resilience and educational outcomes for children and young people. The goal is to develop safe, healthy, happy and resilient children and young people who are able to achieve their potential. The scheme also helps to reduce pupil absence, entrants to the youth justice system, smoking prevalence at age 15 and conception rates at age 18. The funding will allow the service to continue across primary, secondary and special school settings.
£163,380 will go towards suicide prevention work to help meet the increased demand for suicide crisis prevention support, while responding to the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the linked downturn in employment. This will extend an initial tranche of funding allocated to suicide prevention in July 2020.
£70,000 will be used to provide Mental Health First Aid Training for frontline workers and volunteers, primarily in third sector services. By upskilling and increasing the confidence of workers and volunteers in relation to mental health and wellbeing, this funding has the potential to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and wellbeing and reduce stigma across Nottinghamshire communities.
£110,000 will be spent on the Oral Health Promotion Scheme which provides training for staff in children’s and older people’s services, as well as resources for teachers and pupils in schools.
Additional schemes include Community Friendly Nottinghamshire (£208,125), Staff Flu Vaccination Programme (£159,355) and the Nottingham Energy Partnership (£60,000).
Councillor Tony Harper, Chair of Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “The impact of COVID-19 has provided a forceful reminder of how the area we live in can shape our health and wellbeing. National data shows that people from the least advantaged areas have been twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as those living in the most advantaged areas.
“It is our ambition to extend the years in which people live in good health and focus our efforts in those areas where outcomes have previously been poorest. This is integral to our Council Plan. These schemes all help to tackle health inequality by improving the life chances for local people.”