Category Archives : Ian Tuffin


Partners launch Plymouth’s first specialist wellbeing hub

Partners in Plymouth have launched the city’s first Specialist Wellbeing Hub at the Cumberland Centre. Although the new hub is the fourth wellbeing hub in the city it will be the first of two specialist wellbeing hubs which will benefit from additional services over and above what is available in Plymouth’s existing hubs. Services at […]


Yay for Safe Places for adults with learning disabilities

Plymouth is celebrating successfully creating almost 200 locations under the Safe Place scheme. Yay Koffee on Mutley Plain is one of the latest venues to sign up to the scheme which is designed to help people with learning disabilities feel confident and safe when they are out and about in Plymouth. The Safe Places window […]


Volunteer to help people like Gordon and tackle loneliness in Plymouth

Could you volunteer some of your time to help befriend an older person and support Plymouth’s pledge to tackle loneliness? Plymouth City Council is working with local partners including charities and social care providers, taking a whole health and social care systems approach, to tackle the growing issue of loneliness, and more volunteers are being […]


New way of supporting families bereaved by suicide backed by Plymouth funeral directors

Around 20 funeral directors attended an event aimed at improving information, guidance and support for families bereaved by suicide. The event, which forms part of the citywide Suicide Prevention Strategy, was hosted by Plymouth City Council’s Public Health team and local Celebrant Wendy Coulton, who helped organise the workshop. In addition, it can be announced […]


Charities to work with Council on innovative alliance to help vulnerable people in Plymouth

Charities in Plymouth are going to work with the City Council in a more joined up way to help vulnerable people such as the homeless, those with mental illness and other complex needs. Plymouth City Council will be awarding a £7 million contract to an alliance of local charities to provide services to people with […]


Councillor Ian Tuffin and Councillor Tudor Evans sign the letter to Steve Brine MP

Council opposes Public Health funding cuts

Plymouth City Council is standing up to projected funding cuts for Public Health. In 2018-19 and 2019-20 every local authority will have less to spend on public health than the year before and by 2020-21, the Government plans to phase out the Public Health Grant altogether. Following on from a Motion on Notice at last […]


New service launched to help people recover at home

More people will be helped to stay at home safely and recover from illnesses and injury thanks to a new service that has started this week.  An average of 150 people a week will benefit from Plymouth’s new Independence@Home service, run by Plymouth City Council with support from Livewell South West. The service is designed to […]


Local families attend launch of new Mannamead Wellbeing Hub

Families in Plymouth enjoyed a fun session at the launch of the city’s latest Wellbeing Hub. The new Mannamead Hub, at Improving Lives Plymouth, 156 Mannamead Road, supports a wide range of people across the city, offering services to carers, people with learning disabilities or with sensory impairments and veterans. They were joined by parents […]


Plymouth headteacher urges schools to protect against flu after outbreak left pupils in hospital last year

A Plymouth head teacher has urged teachers and parents across the county to do all they can to get pupils vaccinated after a flu outbreak forced her to temporarily close her school last winter. Dozens of children and staff at Woodlands School in Plymouth, whose pupils have complex physical and sensory difficulties, were taken ill by […]


Plymouth City Council signs UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

Plymouth City Council has become the latest local authority to sign up to UNISON’s ethical care charter. Council leaders joined UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis to formally sign the charter. The charter commits the Council to continue working with the city’s care companies to help them end zero-hours and reflect travel time between home care visits in […]


Partners in Plymouth launch new Four Greens Wellbeing Hub

Local partners in Plymouth joined together to launch the latest of the city’s planned 12 Wellbeing Hubs. The new Four Greens Wellbeing Hub was officially launched by partners including Plymouth City Council, NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, and the Four Greens Community Trust, who are hosting the Hub. The launch comes […]


Plymouth’s work to improve mental health gets national recognition

Joint press release from Plymouth City Council, Livewell Southwest, NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England Plymouth has received national recognition for its pioneering work to improve the city’s mental health with a visit from Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director for NHS England. The visit, on Friday, October 5, started […]


Plymouth families help to shape future service

Families in Plymouth have helped to shape the future of children’s health and care services as part of a process to choose which organisations will deliver those services from April 2019. The Council’s Cabinet will now be recommended to name community interest company Livewell Southwest as the ‘preferred bidder’ for the provision of the city’s […]


Kathie Shopland of Plymbridge House wins Manager of the Year Winner

Celebrating excellence in care in Plymouth

More than 250 people came together on Saturday night for the third Celebrating Excellence in Care Awards. The annual event, organised by Plymouth City Council, is held to celebrate the role of care workers and showcase best practice across care in the city, from nursing homes and care homes to those who provide domiciliary care […]


Plymouth commits to Motor Neurone Disease Charter

Plymouth City Council has agreed to adopt the motor neurone disease (MND) Charter in support of local people living with this terminal disease and their carers. The Charter has helped raise awareness of MND and so far, 33,630 individuals and organisations have signed up to the charter. Councillors unanimously backed a motion to adopt the […]


Plymouth shows that it’s Proud To Care

Health and care workers in Plymouth attended a special induction ceremony to show why they are ‘Proud To Care’. #ProudToCare is a regional campaign to encourage more people to consider working in health or social care. In Plymouth, 76 health and care workers have so far been recruited as Proud To Care Ambassadors and on […]


Response to Care Quality Commission report on Derriford

The chair of Plymouth Health and Wellbeing Board Councillor Ian Tuffin has responded to the Care Quality Commission’s report on the city’s hospital. And he has vowed to write to the minister and all of the city’s MPs to request they support the hospital’s bid for £25 million investment. He said: “I am very concerned […]


Grants to help make life that little bit easier

Imagine not being able to get in and out of the bath, and having to wash at the kitchen sink because you can’t get upstairs. That’s life for some of our residents – but we are trying to help them make it easier to carry out essential day to day living tasks that we all […]


Shopkeepers warned over sales of e-liquids to minors

An operation by Plymouth City Council Trading Standards found that six out of the seven shops visited sold multiple bottles of e-liquid containing nicotine to a 16-year-old volunteer. The team sent the young test purchaser to visit seven Plymouth shops and was sold e-liquid in six of the stores. Trading Standards regularly carry out test […]


Plymouth City Council celebrates NHS 70

Plymouth City Council is showing its support for the 70th anniversary of the NHS on Thursday 5 July in a number of different ways. Lighting up Smeaton’s Tower blue, a number of events and displays at our libraries, an exhibition at The Box community hub space at the House of Fraser (next to the ‘From […]


Plymouth to be first compassionate city?

Plymouth could become the first accredited Compassionate City. Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care announced the city would work together to become more compassionate towards people near the end of their life as well as those who are left behind grieving. A steering group is to be set up to look […]


Proud to Care? Why not become an ambassador!

DATE: Tuesday 26 June TIME: 8:30am–12.30pm VENUE: Future Inn, 1 William Prance Rd EVENT: Proud To Care Ambassador Recruitment event If you work in health or care in Plymouth and want to encourage others to do so, why not become a Proud to Care Ambassador. A special Proud To Care event is being held on […]


Plymouth hits the right note for Carers Week (11 -17 June 2018)

Carers Week in Plymouth comes this year with added music. Plymouth City Council, and Caring for Carers (a partnership between Improving Lives Plymouth and Age UK) are working together to ensure the estimated 29,000 carers in Plymouth know that help is available in the city, and part of this will be a week of events […]


Women in Plymouth encouraged to attend for cervical screening

Plymouth City Council is encouraging more women to attend for cervical screening as regular screening offers the best protection against developing cervical cancer. In Plymouth, the number of women aged 25 – 29 and 50 – 64 years old attending screening is decreasing. Cervical screening prevents 75 per cent of cervical cancers from developing, but […]


Plymouth leisure sites now breastfeeding friendly

Plymouth is moving a step closer to being a Breastfeeding Friendly city after all of its Everyone Active leisure centres are now signed up to the Plymouth Breastfeeding Kite Mark Scheme. Now all Everyone Active sites in the city – including the iconic Plymouth Life Centre – are officially Breastfeeding Friendly. The Livewell Southwest initiative […]


Healthy Homes scheme launched in Plymouth

A new Healthy Homes scheme has been launched in Plymouth to help up to 100 of the city’s most vulnerable residents. The project is a partnership between Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), Livewell South West and Plymouth City Council. PEC has been awarded £334,000 from the British Gas Energy Trust to deliver the scheme, which could […]


Hundreds attend Plymouth Health and Care integration conference

More than 200 people attended a conference to celebrate and showcase the groundbreaking work that has taken place to join up health and social care services across the South West Peninsular. The Integration: Making It Real Conference was held at Plymouth University on Monday 7 March 2016. The event was organised in partnership by the […]


Dementia Friendly Plymouth event Wednesday 24 February

Plymouth residents and organisations will be able to find out more about dementia as part of a Dementia Awareness Day next week. There will be free one hour dementia awareness sessions throughout the day on Wednesday 24 February between 10am and 4pm. The event has been organised jointly by Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Dementia Action […]