Tag Archives : public health


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, […]


Local Health Profile for Plymouth 2015

Plymouth’s latest Local Health Profile has been published by Public Health England. These give an outline of health and wellbeing issues across each local authority in England, and an opportunity to see how Plymouth’s health is faring compared with the rest of the country. They are designed to help local government and health services identify […]


Spring into March with free health checks at 1st Stop

Fancy getting a free health MOT while sorting out your council tax or benefits? Livewell and Plymouth City Council have teamed up to bring you Spring into March, a week of free NHS health checks, information and advice for local people. From Monday 9 March to Saturday 14 March, members of PCH’s Livewell team will […]


Teenage pregnancy rates in Plymouth almost halved since records began

The number of unplanned teenage pregnancies in Plymouth have almost halved since records began in 1998, and fallen to an all time low according to latest figures published this week The under 18 conception rate has dropped again for the seventh year in a row, to the lowest rate since the baseline for teenage pregnancies was first […]


Clarification from Plymouth City Council on smoking estimates

Plymouth City Council would like to clarify the latest statistics estimating the number of young people smoking in the city. Public Health England has released statistics which suggest that 15.93% of young people aged 15 are regular or occasional smokers, compared with a national average of 12.71%, giving Plymouth one of the highest rates. Whilst […]


Plymouth City Council wishes you a happy and healthy Christmas

Here at Plymouth City Council we want to wish everyone in Plymouth a very happy and healthy Christmas. Here are some useful hints and tips to help you and your family enjoy the festive season and keep warm and well as the weather gets colder. Merry Christmas! Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young […]


Pledge to go red for HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day

People across Plymouth are being urged to pledge to go red for HIV Testing Week (22-30 November 2014) and World AIDS Day (1 December 2014). The Eddystone Trust, the local HIV and sexual health charity, and Plymouth City Council which is the strategic lead for Public Health in the city have joined forces to promote […]


Launch of ten year plan to improve health in Plymouth

More than half of deaths in Plymouth can be attributed to four lifestyle behaviours, and a new strategy is being launched to address the issue across the city. Local employers attended an event to mark the start of Plymouth City Council’s new ten year plan to improve health in the city, Thrive Plymouth, on Monday […]


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 […]


Alcohol Harm: Reducing the Strength in Plymouth

A new project is being launched this week to help reduce alcohol related harm in Plymouth. Reducing The Strength is a new scheme which aims to encourage retailers to stop selling very cheap, high percentage lagers, beers and ciders, in their shops, which should contribute towards reducing alcohol related crime and health costs in the […]


Sexual Health Week 15-21 September 2014

It’s Sexual Health Week (15 – 21 September) and in Plymouth there are a range of services available to help you maintain good sexual and reproductive health. The focus for this year is on contraception and the purpose of this week is to counter some of the common myths and misconceptions which can leave people […]


Too many Plymouth salons who allow children to use sun beds

Over 80 per cent of tanning salons allowed a 16-year-old to buy a sunbed session – despite the age limit being 18-years-old. Public protection officers visited six salons in Plymouth last week during a test purchase operation and staff in five of them did not challenge 16-year-old volunteer about their age. The volunteer did not […]


Wellbeing Survey for Plymouth’s residents – prize draw for those taking part

This month over 6,000 questionnaires will be sent out to a randomly selected sample of Plymouth residents as part of a jointly-funded venture between Plymouth City Council and Public Health England. The questionnaires will be delivered in the week beginning 25th August and will give residents the opportunity to tell the Council about their personal […]