Last Modified November 06, 2014
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
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 nine out of 10 smokers who have used their local NHS Stop Smoking Service would recommend it.
For free, friendly, specialist advice about quitting, contact Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service:
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.
They provide home visits and 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.
National HIV Testing Week
Now in its third year, the profile of NHTW has quickly grown and caught the imagination of communities who are most at risk of HIV. Over 20,000 people in the UK are living with HIV and do not know they have it, their long-term health is at avoidable risk and, unknowingly, they remain the primary source for onward transmission. Find out more info here.
You can book a free HIV test at a sexual health clinic or order a postal testing kit online here.
National HIV Testing Week takes place between 22nd-30th November 2014.