A new integrated healthy lifestyles service which encourages and empowers adults to take control of and improve their health and wellbeing is coming to Coventry.
The new service, available from April to adults over 18 years, will be delivered by ICE Creates who have been commissioned by Coventry City Council in a move that sees a more joined-up approach to supporting people across their wider healthcare needs.
Until now, different services such as stop smoking support have been offered by separate providers. The new integrated service means local people can get support across a range of needs including healthy eating and physical activity through one single point of access.
Healthy Lifestyles Coventry also includes the NHS Health Checks Programme for eligible people aged 40-74. People wishing to access support through the service can either refer themselves or be referred by a health care professional.
Stuart Jackson, chief executive at ICE Creates said: “We’re delighted that the council has chosen ICE as their new service partner and are excited about bringing our approach to help people across the city of Coventry to lead healthier and more independent lives.
“It is now widely recognised that people’s lifestyle choices affect their overall health and wellbeing and that unhealthy behaviours can lead to serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
“Our new flexible, person-centred service will support people holistically across all their needs and empower them towards better health and wellbeing for the long term.”
The service will take a targeted approach, reaching out to adults who may be less likely to engage with prevention services and provide them with more intensive individual support.
Adults who are more able to manage their own lifestyle changes will be empowered do so with the help of best-you.org an online health and lifestyle portal and community of support. For those people who need some extra support and guidance, a lifestyle coach will provide them with a tailored package of support to help them achieve positive changes.
Coaches will work out of a main base in Coventry city centre and will also offer clinics at community and health venues across the city.
A range of GP practices and pharmacists across the city will also continue to offer stop smoking support and NHS Health Checks to patients accessing their sites.
Liz Gaulton, Acting Director of Public Health at Coventry City Council, said: “‘I’m excited to see this new integrated service begin in April.
“People will get the help they need to be healthy across a range of needs and although we’ve seen some really good results in Coventry already, a combined service tackling all lifestyle concerns at once will make that even more effective.”
For more information about the service visit www.hlscoventry.org or call free on 0800 122 3780.