Tag Archives : public health


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 […]


Annual report shows Plymouth leading the way on health improvement

The new Director of Public Health Annual Report – which is going to Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet on 14 August – shows that Plymouth is leading the way on improving people’s health. The report focuses on year three of Thrive Plymouth, the city’s ten year programme to improve health and reduce health inequalities, which has a […]


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 Thriving for Mental Health Awareness Week

People across Plymouth are sharing examples of how they help themselves and others to thrive as we approach Mental Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 May 2018). This year Thrive Plymouth focuses on mental health and wellbeing, and individuals and organisations across the city have been working with Plymouth City Council on a range of […]


Council appoint Kingdom as enforcement contractors

Extra enforcement officers will soon be treading Plymouth’s pavements. Tasked with preventing littering, dog fouling, fly-posting and fly-tipping, the officers will be able to issue fixed penalty notices to offenders. Following a competitive procurement process, the Council has teamed up with specialist company Kingdom Services to help deliver the Corporate Plan, which sets out a […]


Change4Life Roadshow comes to Plymouth

Families in Plymouth got to find out about a new mobile phone app to help them buy healthier snacks at a Change4Life roadshow. Change4Life is an ongoing campaign led by Public Health England (PHE) and the latest phase aims to encourage parents to buy healthier snacks for their children. A roadshow was held at Tesco […]


New Home, New You!

Tenants moving in to social housing are being offered an opportunity – along with the keys to their new home – to join an innovative project to help people achieve the feeling of wellbeing that they would like. Social housing provider Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) is offering new residents the chance to decide whether there […]


New grandmother plans to quit smoking after 40 years this Stoptober for her grandson

                        Stoptober is back this year and among those in Plymouth vowing to quit smoking is a new grandmother who wants to be able to spend more time with her grandson who was born prematurely. Stoptober is the 28 day stop smoking campaign led […]


Join the 70% of adults in Plymouth who do more than 30 minutes of exercise per week

                      37% of adults aged 40–60 in the South West walk less than ten minutes continuously each month at a brisk pace Evidence paper shows ten minutes of walking at a brisk intensity each day can help prevent cancer, heart disease and poor mental health […]


Going to the Lido? Cover Up Mate

One of the UK’s most iconic outdoor leisure venues which attracts thousands of visitors every year, is teaming up with Plymouth City Council and NHS England to promote staying safe in the sun. Tinside Lido, which is run by Everyone Active, is supporting the #CoverUpMate campaign throughout the summer holidays. Staff at the Lido are […]


Misleading stories about the National Child Measurement Programme

There have been several stories in the national news today (Wednesday 22 March) about the National Child Measurement Programme. The stories are misleading as they single out one Plymouth primary school. A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said: “The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is one of five mandated programmes that local authority Public Health teams […]


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 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 […]


New bird flu protection measures

People who keep poultry or captive birds are being asked to keep them indoors or take steps to keep them separate from wild birds. The Government Chief Vet has declared a Prevention Zoneto help protect birds from a strain of avian flu circulating in mainland Europe. The zone covers England and will remain in place for […]


Augmented reality creates actual active fun in Plymouth

Families have been having fit and active fun in our green spaces as part of the Active Neighbourhoods project, run by Plymouth City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust. The team hosted three Pokemon safaris over half term in Efford Marsh, Budshead Wood and Central Park, and between them, the families who took part burnt 25, […]


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 […]


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, […]


New Report traces changes in public health in Plymouth over the past 70 years

The new Director of Public Health Annual Report which is published by Plymouth City Council today (Tuesday 9 August) looks at the changes in health in Plymouth over the past 70 years. The report from Professor Kelechi Nnoaham is based roughly around the themes of the five ‘giant evils’ identified by Sir William Beveridge in […]


Statement from Plymouth City Council RE World Health Organisation air pollution report

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a list of cities across the world and air quality monitoring data for two different small particulates, PM10 and PM2.5 Some media outlets have, incorrectly, reported that Plymouth is one of the “worst” for air pollution on the list. Professor Kelechi Nnoaham, Director of Public Health for Plymouth […]


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 […]


Thrive Plymouth year 2 to launch with local schools

Schools from across Plymouth will be attending an event to officially launch the second year of a citywide drive to reduce health inequalities – Thrive Plymouth. Thrive Plymouth is a ten year framework that follows the simple 4-4-54 formula. This recognises the need to tackle the four lifestyle behaviours – smoking, excessive drinking, inactivity and […]


Alcohol Awareness Week 16-22 November 2015

Plymouth’s work to tackle problem drinking comes under the spotlight as we approach Alcohol Awareness Week (16-22 November 2015). Excessive drinking is one of four lifestyle behaviours, along with smoking, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, which contribute to four chronic health conditions which, in Plymouth, cause 54% of deaths. Thrive Plymouth, the city’s ten-year […]


Government cuts Plymouth’s Public Health funding by £920,000

Cuts to Public Health funding of nearly £920,000 which have been confirmed by the Government, will disadvantage Plymouth even further. Plymouth already receives considerably less Public Health funding per head than other areas, but the Government has announced that the city will receive a further in-year cut of 6.2% which equates to £919,198. It forms […]


Stoptober – Plymouth father and daughter quit together

With Stoptober, the 28 day quit challenge just around the corner, Patrick and his daughter from Plymouth are urging other smokers to follow their success and quit for good. Patrick Lomax, ex-military and now in his 50s, was smoking up to a packet of hand-rolled tobacco a week when he decided to quit for financial […]


Haul of Illegal Tobacco seized in Plymouth

Trading Standards Officers in Plymouth seized a haul of illegal tobacco as part of their work to disrupt its supply across the City. The officers, employed by Plymouth City Council, executed a warrant at a house in Whitleigh and seized over 130 pouches hand rolling tobacco.  It is believed that the tobacco which was smuggled […]


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 […]


Council Leader urges Government rethink on cuts to Public Health funding for Plymouth

Plymouth City Council’s Leader is urging the Government to make sure the city is not further disadvantaged by proposed cuts to Public Health funding. Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, has written to both Chancellor George Osborne and Jane Ellison, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, to ask them to rethink plans to cut £200m from public […]


Three-month Closure Order on Plymouth Shop selling ‘legal highs’

Plymouth magistrates have granted a three month closure order on a shop selling ‘legal highs’, following a series of complaints about anti-social behaviour. The closure order – for the High Life Shop in Cornwall Street – was applied for by Plymouth City Council under Section 86 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, […]