Tag Archives : health


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, […]


New Interim Director of Public Health for Plymouth

A new Interim Director of Public Health has been announced for Plymouth City Council. Dr Ruth Harrell will take over the reins in the autumn when Professor Kelechi Nnoaham leaves the Council after two and a half years, to take on a new role in South Wales. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, […]


Pioneering hub to keep Efford and Laira folk healthier

A pioneering health and wellbeing hub could be on the cards for people living in Efford and Laira. People may be able to access a wider range of health and wellbeing advice and support in one place under exciting new plans being unveiled for Douglass House this week. Pathfields Practice is teaming up with the […]


Football fans wanted to comment on playing pitch plans

Families and football fans in the north of Plymouth are being invited to view exciting plans to create top-notch football facilities in the neighbourhood. An exhibition is taking place at Southway Library next Wednesday 23 March to give local people a clear idea about the proposals for the new-look facilities. The Council wants to create […]


Places left on 7 March Plymouth Health and Social Care conference – Book now!

There are still some places left on the upcoming Integration: Making it Real Conference, which is being held at the Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, PL4 8AA, on Monday 7 March 2016. Health and social care professionals or anyone with an interest in this area are encouraged to book on this one day conference, featuring renowned […]


Back (left to right): Mark Rowles and Carol Belton (YMCA Plymouth), John Coates (YMCA Board of Trustees), Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith, Nathan Sanders and Liz Slater (Plymouth City Council) and front (left to right): Chris French (Devon FA) and Mark Lovell (Plymouth Argyle FC)

Council to bring massive sports investment for north of the city

Plymouth City Council has approved funding to help transform an artificial football pitch into a new outdoor recreation hub for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities.   The Manadon all-weather pitch was transferred to the Council from the Ministry of Defence in 2007 and has been operated by YMCA Plymouth since 2012. It is used by […]


Love life at your library this January

Do you want to find out how you can improve your health and wellbeing? Plymouth City Council’s libraries are holding a month-long programme of free health and wellbeing activities to help you feel healthier and happier and make a great start to 2016. The events are being held in partnership with Livewell South West. The […]


New footy facilities to serve north of Plymouth

Over half a million pounds is going to be spent on brand new football facilities for the north of the city. Council leader Tudor Evans has agreed to spend the money on new playing pitches and changing rooms at a new hub in Bond Street, Southway, for players from young children to adults to enjoy […]


Museum craft group helps people with dementia

A traditional craft group at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has taken on a commission with a difference – to make ‘twiddlemuffs’ for local people with dementia. The group has been running for over five years and meets at the museum every week to knit items for local and international charities. Members have made […]


Council approves radical 5 year one system one budget for health and care

The next step in Plymouth’s radical approach to health and care services has been given the greenlight by one of the main partners. Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet has agreed the Integrated Commissioning Strategies for the next five years, which join together the Council and NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG)’s […]


Plymouth tanning salons still allow underage use

The number of tanning salons failing to check ID has fallen in Plymouth. In the most recent test purchase operation 37 per cent of a sample of Plymouth tanning salons failed. Compared to the three previous test purchases which had around an 80 per cent failure rate. Public protection officers visited a random selection of […]


Anyone for tennis apprenticeship?

An ace opportunity for a sports mad young person is being served by Plymouth City Council and the Lawn Tennis Association. The call is going out for a tennis development apprentice to help the Council and the association develop growing interest and enthusiasm for the sport in the city. The city has a Plymouth Tennis […]


Council Cabinet approves £462million joint health and social care budget in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet has now approved the joining up of health and social care services which includes the pooling of a budget worth £462m. The decision follows approval from the Governing Body of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) last week and means the final hurdle has now been […]


Carry out a check-up of the Plymouth Plan

Residents, businesses and organisations are being asked to see if their views have been taken into account in the first draft of the Plymouth Plan. The plan sets out an ambitious agenda what Plymouth could be like in 2031 and covers a range of subjects such as health, transport, homes, jobs and the economy, arts […]


Council embarks on major transformation of key services

Plymouth is about to see the biggest and most radical changes to the way local public services are delivered in the city since the local government reorganisation 16 years ago. The Council’s Cabinet has given the go-ahead that will transform the way health, social care, adult learning and services for children and young people are […]


Autism drop-in sessions at the Central Library

Have you, a friend or family member recently been diagnosed with autism? Would you like to know more about the information and support available to you? Our library service is running drop-in sessions for anyone on the autistic spectrum, their family and carers. Staff will help you find books and resources and access online information, give […]


Grow Wild goes wild! Last call to cast your vote for Plymouth

Wow! Plymouth’s Grow Wild campaign has gone wild on the web, on twitter and in the streets but time is running out as voting ends on midnight of Tuesday 4 November. Now the Council and its partners are asking for one last push to get the City to Sea the votes it needs to get […]


Businesses told to declare their nuts…and eggs and fish

Food business are being reminded about new rules which will affect the way they give information about the food they sell or provide. From 13 December all businesses must verbally explain or signpost food which are known allergens. Food allergies can cause life-threatening reactions and the number of people affected by them is growing. The […]


Consultation to broaden the Barbican impact zone

Revellers, residents and businesses are being asked for their thoughts on possible changes to rules around licensing in and around the Barbican. The police want to expand the area covered by the cumulative impact policy by either adding a small parcel taking in Vauxhall Street and the Bretonside road or a much bigger area which […]


Libraries team up with Plymouth Community Healthcare to promote Blue September

Plymouth City Council’s library service is supporting the nationwide Blue September health campaign, which aims to raise awareness of male cancers. Men in the UK are 40 per cent more likely to die from any cancer than women. Every year 80,000 men in the UK die from cancer but many cases could be prevented by […]


Tattoo equipment seized in Barne Barton

Equipment worth £4,000 has been seized as a fourth ‘scratcher’ has been raided through the Council’s Operation Itchy. Officers from the Council’s Public Protection Service, together with the police, executed a warrant at an address in Barne Barton this morning in the campaign to crackdown on ‘scratchers’ – amateurs who have bought tattoo kit over […]


Action to help keep our air clean

Plans to help Plymouth make its air even cleaner and help improve the health of all the city’s residents, wherever they live, are being unveiled. Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet is to declare a citywide Air Quality Management Area to tackle pollution – particularly nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – as part of its ongoing efforts to improve […]


Plymouth Games a big hit

Teams from across the city have been battling it out for sporting glory in this year’s Plymouth Games, hosted by the Council’s sports development unit. More than 1,000 people took part in the event, launched in 2012 to build on the legacy of the London Olympics and promote sport in a fun way. Friendly competitions […]


Tattoo ‘scratchers’ targeted in Plymouth raid

Plymouth’s campaign to encourage people to think before they ink has got off to a flying start – equipment has already been seized from two properties. This morning the Council’s Public Protection team, accompanied by police officers. seized equipment from a house in Efford. The haul included needles, ink, tattoo machinery and tattoo stencils from […]