Category Archives : Lynda Bowyer – Health and Adult Social Care


Dementia Friendly shopping returns

Dementia Friendly shopping is returning to Plymouth later this month. The Dementia Friendly Shopping Day on Thursday 13 July is for shoppers affected by dementia that would like some assistance in three city centre stores. Marks and Spencer and Boots in Drake Circus and Wilko in the Armada Centre will be participating and shoppers are […]


Plymouth says #ThisGirlCan

Plymouth is once again supporting the national This Girl Can campaign, which kicks off this month. This Girl Can was the first campaign of its kind to feature women who sweat and jiggle as they exercise. It seeks to tell the real story of women who play sport by using images that are the complete […]


Showing veterans the way

A new service aimed at ensuring veterans get the care they need is being launched in Plymouth. Plymouth City Council have teamed up with Improving Lives Plymouth to unveil the Veterans Care Navigation Service (VCNS), which will ensure that all ex-service people receive consistent and targeted advice and care that ensures a smooth transition between […]


Plymouth project set for national recognition

A pioneering Plymouth project is being celebrated as part of Clean Air Day 2017. Led by Claire Turbutt, Plymouth City Council’s Advanced Public Health Practitioner, the scheme is based on the development of a low-cost air quality monitor that when worn transmits data to an app on a mobile phone. The time, date and location […]


Plymouth celebrates Carers Week

Plymouth is preparing to mark National Carers Week from Monday 12 to Friday 16 June. Across the city, the charity Improving Lives Plymouth are working with services and businesses to provide events and activities for carers and their families to attend. These include creative writing workshops, sea fishing, oral health education, legal advice clinics, afternoon […]


New plan for veterans in Plymouth

Veterans in Plymouth are set for improved support thanks to a new initiative. The Veterans’ Strategic Commissioning Framework (VSCF) is a partnership between Plymouth City Council, the North East & Western Clinical Commissioning Group and local partners and will ensure that ex-service people and their families have the best access to services in the city. […]


Plymouth marks Dementia Awareness Week

A range of activities are taking place across Plymouth to mark Dementia Awareness Week 2017. Between 15 and 19 May, Plymouth City Council will team up with Moments Café and Information Hub, Devon and Cornwall Police, Drake Circus, Age UK and Derriford Hospital to host events that raise awareness of dementia and encourage people and […]


Changes to public toilets help people living with dementia

Small changes are helping to make a big difference for people living with dementia in Plymouth, ‘Dementia-Friendly City of the Year’. A number of alterations have been made to public toilets by the Council to make them dementia-friendly in Armada Way, Elphinstone, the Barbican, the Council House, the Guildhall and the toilets at West Hoe. The […]


National Child Measurement Programme is under way

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), which is currently in its twelfth year, is currently under way in Plymouth. The programme requires all local authorities in England to weigh and measure children in Reception and Year 6 classes during the school year. It gathers population-level data to allow analysis of trends in underweight, healthy weight, […]


Plymouth City Council supports new drive to get residents more physically active with walks and the launch of a free phone app

Plymouth City Council is supporting a new drive to encourage local adults to build more physical activity into their lives by simply walking briskly for at least ten continuous minutes every day. A daily brisk 10 minute walk can make people feel better, more energetic and improve their mood. Over time it can also help […]


Plymouth care providers raise more than £700 for Derriford Children’s charity

A raffle held by local care workers and Plymouth City Council has raised £732 for Derriford Hospital’s Children’s Happy Hospital Fund. The cheque was presented by members of the Council’s Quality Assurance and Improvement Team (QAIT) to Sue Rodgers, Play Specialist Team Leader at Derriford Hospital earlier this month. The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund at […]


Plymouth says This Girl Can – with free prizes and taster sessions

Free sports taster sessions and a range of great prizes and vouchers are just some of the ways Plymouth is supporting a campaign to encourage women and girls to take part in sport and physical activity. This Girl Can is back for 2017, backed by Sport England and the National Lottery. Locally the campaign is […]


Looking for work in care? Recruitment fair on Saturday 4 February

Do you work in care and are looking for a new challenge, or are you interested in getting into care work? Plymouth City Council, in partnership with domiciliary care, supported living and care home providers within the City, are holding a recruitment fair at Plymouth Guildhall on Saturday 4th February 2017 from 10am to 4pm, […]


Care Home Health and Wellbeing Champions scheme launched

Care home staff and those who work in people’s homes in Plymouth are being trained up to be ‘Health and Wellbeing Champions.’ The project is being launched by Plymouth City Council and Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) as part of their Integrated Enhanced and Specialised Care Strategy. Representatives from […]


#TimeToSign: Mum of son who died waiting for organ transplant meets with council

The mum of a man who died waiting for an organ transplant has met with representatives of Plymouth City Council to discuss how more people in the city can be encouraged to sign up to the NHS Organ Donation Register. Jillian Oxley, who lost her son Jon Paul aged just 21 in 2012 to Cystic […]


#TimeToSign – Give the gift of life this Christmas

It only takes two minutes and costs nothing but by signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register you could be giving the greatest gift this Christmas – the gift of life. Plymouth City Council is working with NHS Blood and Transplant and local NHS partners to promote organ donation throughout December, as part of […]


Volunteers with long term health conditions help each other in new ‘time bank pilot’

A group of people in Plymouth with long term health conditions are volunteering to help each other and provide mutual support, thanks to a new initiative in the city. Plymouth City Council and Northern, Eastern, and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) have commissioned Timebank South West to develop a new ‘time bank’ […]


Plymouth calls for Government to consider ‘soft opt out’ on organ donation

  Plymouth City Council is calling on the Government to consider a ‘soft opt out’ system on organ donation, following last week’s launch of the #TimeToSign organ donation campaign. The Council has put forward a motion backing a move away from people having to ‘opt-in’ to organ donation, to the system backed by both the […]


Plymouth wins Dementia Friendly City of the year 2016 award

Plymouth has won the Dementia Friendly (City of the year award) at the Alzheimers Society’s national awards in London. Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth University and sixty organisations and businesses have been working together for the past five years, to make the city more dementia friendly. Initiatives include Dementia friendly City Bus, […]


Plymouth awarded £80,000 to improve veterans’ health and wellbeing

Plymouth has been awarded £80,000 to improve the health and wellbeing of service veterans in the city over the next two years. The funding comes from proceeds from the LIBOR fines which were announced by the Government in the Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23 November 2016. The new Veterans Care Navigation Service is the result […]


Plymouth City Council to fly the flag for World Aids Day for first time

For the first time ever, Plymouth City Council will be flying a flag to mark World Aids Day on Thursday 1 December, along with a number of other councils in the South West. Working in partnership with the Eddystone Trust, the Council aims to raise awareness of Aids and show solidarity for people living with […]


Missing out? Know your rights – Carers Rights Day 25 November 2016

Are you a carer, and do you know your rights? If you are a carer but you don’t know what support you’re entitled to, then Carers Rights Day on Friday 25 November is your opportunity to find out. The theme this year is ‘Missing out? Know your rights as a carer’. Carers Rights Day is […]


Thrive Plymouth Year 3 launch – Localising ‘One You’

Plymouth City Council will be launching Year 3 of Thrive Plymouth, the city’s ten year framework for improving health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities on Wednesday 16 November. Launched in 2014, the first year of Thrive Plymouth focused on workplace wellbeing, engaging with 22,000 employees represented by 35 of the city’s largest employers, while […]


Know your risks: Alcohol Awareness Week 14-20 November 2016

Plymouth City Council wants you to ‘know your risks’ as we mark Alcohol Awareness Week (14 – 20 November 2016). For example, did you know that alcohol is linked to over 60 health conditions including cancer, gastrointestinal conditions, and liver disease? Or that a large glass of wine contains as many calories as a doughnut? Or […]


Plymouth City Council response to GP practice announcement

Health and social care commissioners in Plymouth will continue to work together to ensure that patients can access GP services, following the announcement that some GP surgery contracts in the city will not be renewed. Following a consultation, NHS England has confirmed that it will not be renewing GP contracts for the Cumberland, St Barnabas […]


Council awards £150,000 grants to improve care homes in Plymouth

A number of care homes in Plymouth have been awarded a total of £150,000 by Plymouth City Council to improve their facilities. In total, 18 care homes out of 25 which applied for grants have received funding of up to £10,000 per home. While the Council funded £150,000 through grants, in total, with contributions from […]


Latest survey shows adults in care in Plymouth feel safe and secure

The latest survey on adults in care in Plymouth says the service they received makes them feel safe and secure. 93% of respondents to the annual survey, which Plymouth City Council participated in earlier this year and was published by NHS Digital last week, said the services they receive make them feel safe and secure. […]


Have your say on sexual health services

Your views are needed on sexual health services in Plymouth. Plymouth City Council is working to ensure that sexual and reproductive health services meet the needs of the local population. An online survey has been launched to get people’s opinions, and will be open for three weeks, so local people are urged to have their […]


Plymouth flu jab campaign launch

People in Plymouth who are eligible are being urged to have their flu jabs, as figures reveal that last winter four in every ten flu outbreaks in England were linked to schools. Residents aged 65 and over, pregnant women, people with long term health conditions and children aged 2, 3, and 4, and children in […]


Committee asks NHS to look again at GP practice plans

A committee is asking the NHS to revisit its proposals which might lead to the closure of a GP practice in Plymouth. A number of GP surgery contracts in Plymouth are up for renewal in March 2017. Plymouth City Council’s Wellbeing Select Committee met on Thursday 6 October 2016 to discuss proposals by NHS England […]