Last Modified May 15, 2015
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 requires Hertfordshire County Council and its partners to engage with emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups and transfer public health functions to the county council.
Since 1 April 2013, Hertfordshire County Council has been tasked with coordinating the local NHS, social care, children’s services and public health through new Health and Wellbeing Boards. In Hertfordshire, a shadow board began meeting in July 2011 to prepare for its new responsibilities.
Hertfordshire's Health and Wellbeing Strategy 'Healthier people, healthier communities' was launched in February 2013. You can find out more about Health in Herts and watch a brief film about the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
Help to stop smoking
For free, friendly, specialist advice about quitting, contact Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service. Your local Stop Smoking Service has been developed by experts and ex-smokers, and with their support you are up to four times more likely to quit than if you choose to go it alone. In fact 9 out of 10 smokers who have used their local NHS Stop Smoking Service would recommend it.
Smokefree Homes and Cars
Smokefree Homes and Cars is a national campaign that reminds smokers about the dangers of secondhand smoke to their children and families. Over 80% of second hand smoke is invisible and odourless, making it impossible to control. So, even if you smoke near an open window or door, the smoke can travel and harm others. Exposure to second hand smoke is particularly harmful to babies and children.
The local campaign is for all residents living in Hertfordshire, NOT ONLY for smokers, to a sign a pledge agreeing to have a smokefree home and car. Make the pledge.
Why is it important
95% of estimated deaths from secondhand smoke are due to exposure in the home.
Children whose parents smoke are three times more likely to start smoking themselves than children whose parents don’t smoke.
Pregnant women and their families who smoke increase the risk of miscarriage, still birth and death in the first few months of life.
Smoking within the home is a significant fire risk.
Herts Healthy Homes
Herts Healthy Homes is a year round seasonal project delivered through local partnerships with a focus on social & environmental factors within the home that impact upon health and wellbeing of vulnerable people in the community.
The seasonal campaigns so far this year include:
Home visits to help people get access to their gardens and to the community; exercise, preventing ill health and isolation
Home visits to remind people of the the need for good ventilation, drinking plenty of water and eating healthily. Preventing ill health and falls due to dehydration
They also provide support with:
Staying well and active
Paying bills and budget
Draught proofing and emergency heaters
Fire safety and home security checks
If you, or someone you know needs help or support to stay healthy and well at home call Herts Help on 0300 123 4044 and quote ‘Home 1.’ Or for more information visit Herts Help.
Do Someting Different in Herts
Do Something Different in Herts is a range of programmes designed to improve your health, weight, stress and happiness.
The idea is that rather than thinking or learning about a change in your lifestyle, you follow a series of Do's that will help you to make the change in small manageable steps.
These programmes are free for anyone over the age of 18 who lives in Hertfordshire, but hurry: there are only a limited number of places available.