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Northamptonshire Patients to Benefit from £9m Cash Injection

Northamptonshire patients to benefit from £9m cash injection into healthcare innovation.

People in Northamptonshire are set to benefit from a £9million cash injection aimed at improving residents’ health and well-bring by speeding up the adoption of cutting-edge healthcare research and innovation.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) funding will enable more vital work to take place to tackle the region’s health and care priorities, putting in place more evidenced-based frameworks to drive up standards of care and save both time and money.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti

Professor Kamlesh Khunti

As a result of the funding boost, NIHR CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) East Midlands will continue until at least 2024.

The organisation is a partnership of health and social care universities, industry, the voluntary sector and patients which sets out to improve patient outcomes by turning research into cost-saving and high-quality care through cutting-edge innovation.

With bases at the University of Nottingham and University of Leicester, it will continue under the new name of NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) East Midlands from October 1 and will also have a remit to lead nationally on research into black and minority ethnic communities and multi-morbidity thanks to its expertise in these areas.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of the NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and Professor of Primary Care, Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “Receiving this funding means we can continue to lead world class, applied health research and build on the successes we have already achieved in speeding up the adoption of research and innovation into frontline health and care.

“We will share our knowledge nationally and collaborate with colleagues as we all collectively work towards improving the lives of people through research.”

ARC East Midlands will be hosted by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and work in collaboration with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.

Mark Howells is Head of Research and Evidence at Nottinghamshire Healthcare. He said: “The research and innovation facilitated by this collaboration is making a real difference to patients with a wide variety of physical and mental health problems.

“The more we can innovate the more we can implement brand new treatments and strategies, which really improve lives.”

Work carried out by NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands includes helping to prevent type 2 diabetes by embedding an education programme designed to help people avoid the condition.

In April last year, the organisation also continued to support the rollout of a risk score for type 2 diabetes in South Asian languages with the release of a Punjabi version following Gujarati and Bangladeshi versions.

Other successes include implementing and assessing an online tool that assists diagnosing children with ADHD, lowering NHS costs by 22 per cent and cutting delays to diagnosis by 145 days.

The funding is part of a £135 million commitment to drive improvements to healthcare by helping to embed the learning from research into the frontline of healthcare sooner.

 

Beat the Street Helps get East Northamptonshire Moving!

The Beat the Street initiative in East Northamptonshire is being hailed as a success after a new report shows that the challenge has helped get people walking and cycling across the area.

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More than 8,000 walked, ran and cycled 73,000 miles together for Beat the Street from March to May 2019. The initiative saw special sensors called Beat Boxes placed on lampposts around East Northamptonshire which could be tapped with cards while walking or cycling in return for points towards your school or workplace.

 

Funded by East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with Freedom Leisure and The National Lottery through Sport England, the initiative aimed to encourage families to ditch the car and become more physically active by exploring their local community. A new report produced by Intelligent Health – who delivered the initiative – has shown that players became more physically active as a result of taking part, helping improve the health of people across East Northamptonshire.

 

Participants were surveyed at the beginning and immediately after Beat the Street to see if they had made any changes in behaviour. Key results from the report include:

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  • Before Beat the Street, 21% of adult players were completely inactive (doing less than 30 minutes of exercise per week). After the game this dropped to just 12% of players.
  • The proportion of children who were inactive decreased from 22% before the game to 11% immediately afterwards.
  • Using NICE’s Return on Investment Calculator, it is estimated that Beat the Street will lead to healthcare savings of £504,802 over the next five years.

 

Additionally, many players reported that Beat the Street had helped encourage them to walk or cycle more often, visit new places and spend more time with their friends and family:

 

“It helped me to walk to school and encouraged me to take the longer route to get more points. I joined the gym which I have never done before and kick-started us all as a family into a healthier lifestyle.”

 

“It enabled my son and I to exercise before and after school. We used our walks to have a good chat together. We both felt good about earnings points for his school. We met new people along the way. I saved a lot of petrol by walking. It’s encouraged me to go swimming as an alternative way of exercising.”

 

In addition to getting residents more active, Beat the Street has also helped support the work of the local Children’s Air Ambulance. Players were able to support a local charity while playing and the charity that received the most points over the course of the game would receive £500. Players travelled more than 589 miles for Children’s Air Ambulance and they received a donation from Beat the Street on Tuesday 30 July presented by Cllr Helen Howell.

 

Speaking about the success of the initiative, Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “We’re really encouraged by these results from Beat the Street. ENC is committed to getting its residents more healthy and we hope to help improve the health and wellbeing for those in East Northamptonshire. In the coming months, Beat the Street will continue to engage with local residents and make sure that these changes continue long after the game’s finish.”

 

 

Business leaders ask about the future control of Wellingborough

Business leaders encourage people to speak up about the future control of Wellingborough.

Business leaders in Wellingborough are encouraging people to make sure they speak up about the future control of their town.

President of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, Simon Toseland

President of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, Simon Toseland

 

Residents and businesses owners will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from the Borough Council of Wellingborough (BCW) about plans to establish a new town council in May next year.

Following plans to create a new unitary authority to collectively govern Wellingborough, East Northants, Kettering and Corby, a public consultation was carried out between July 23 and October 23 last year and, as a result, the Borough Council of Wellingborough agreed to adopt an order to establish a town council for Wellingborough.  More than 80 per cent of responses were in agreement that Wellingborough should have a town council.

Currently, the town of Wellingborough has no local government representation at a parish level.

 

The President of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, Simon Toseland, said: “The creation of two unitary authorities within the county is presenting some challenges for the combined authorities. However, with change comes opportunity and the formation of a town council will hopefully pave the way to a more integrated relationship between local government and businesses.

 

“We would strongly recommend that people take this opportunity to engage in the process, either directly or through the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce. As the Borough Council states, now is the time to present your views and take an active role in helping shape the future.”

 

One issue of concern is the loss of the Business Improvement District (BID) after the Borough Council of Wellingborough voted against its renewal in March this year.

 

 

 

BIDs are common place in many towns throughout England and, in Wellingborough’s case, attracts an estimated 50,000 visitors a year to the town through the staging of events. The BID also provides other benefits for town centre businesses, including cheaper and more sustainable waste collection and recycling.

 

Members of the council’s Development Committee will meet on Monday, 9 September, at 7pm to discuss the future of Wellingborough BID.

Simon Toseland, added: “We hope the council will carefully re-examine the opportunity and support the BID.

 

“It is known that where local authorities are looking to secure funding initiatives from Central Government, having a BID in place actually helps their cause – not having a BID gives the impression, wrongly or rightly, that if a town won’t put its own hands in its pockets to deliver improvement then why should Central Government use tax payers money to help.”

 

Residents who have any queries about the process of forming a new town council or who might be interested in standing for election, are invited to speak to council representatives at the Swansgate Shopping Centre on Monday 19 August, between 11am and 3pm.

 

For more information about the community governance review visit: www.wellingborough.gov.uk/cgr2018