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‘Beat the Street’ Runners up Donate their Prize to Benefit Local Schools

East Northamptonshire turned into a giant game in spring, with more than 8,262 residents tapping ‘beat boxes’ around the district clocking up 73,373 miles travelling the distance of around the world nearly three times.

Ed Reeves, School Sport Manager for East Northants Area Schools, Dinky Gummer, Harry Wise and Eileen Bishop from Rushden Walking For Health Group

Ed Reeves, School Sport Manager for East Northants Area Schools, Dinky Gummer, Harry Wise and Eileen Bishop from Rushden Walking For Health Group

More than 11 community teams entered the game, delivered by East Northamptonshire Council, Freedom Leisure and Intelligent Health, with three teams receiving prizes for their efforts.

 

Rushden Walking for Health Group scooped the accolade of second place but decided that the £200 decathlon voucher could benefit more people if they donated this prize to the Wellingborough and East Northants School Sport Partnership.

 

The partnership is delivered by Northamptonshire Sport and works with schools across the area to enhance the quality and range of sporting opportunities available for young people.

 

Ed Reeves, School Sport Manager for Northamptonshire Sport and managing the Wellingborough and East Northants School Sport Partnership (WAEN SSP), said “I am delighted to have accepted a £200 voucher.

 

“Working very closely with the Rushden and Higham schools, I will be purchasing equipment with the voucher that will educate and enhance the sporting/physical activity experience of many children within the local schools.

 

“My sincere thanks go to all the walking group members for their hard work and for their very kind donation to Northamptonshire Sport and WAEN SSP.”

 

Rushden Walking for Health meet every Friday at Rushden Hall Park at 10:00am by the flagpole – everyone is welcome. The Walk is free and refreshments are available at the Hall afterwards.

 

Terry McEwen and Harry Wise from Rushden Walking for Health Group said: “We really enjoyed taking part in Beat the Street and were delighted to finish in the top place. We encourage everyone to be more active and we are very pleased to be able to donate the vouchers to the local School Sports partnership as we know that they will put the vouchers to good use, helping local children to be active and encouraging them to take part in a variety of sports.”

 

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “A number of fantastic community groups took part in the Beat the Street game, pounding the pavement to clock up points for their organisation. It is great news to hear that Rushden Walking for Health have so selflessly donated their prize to benefit local pupils. I hope that the children are able to enjoy many hours of physical activity thanks to the new equipment that will be purchased with the voucher.”

 

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.

 

Feeling Hot, Hot Hot. Ways to Keep your Cool this Week

As I type I am literally sitting in a cave-like lounge.  Curtains drawn and anything electrical that I can do without is off.  Temperatures are about to soar today and tomorrow so keeping cool is a must.  nene local | hot days

Here are Nene Local’s top tips;

1. Switch off anything electrical you don’t need to use today.  You’d be amazed at the amount of heat generated even on standby.  We’re washing up by hand this week, as we felt the heat coming from the dishwasher and going into the kitchen!

2.  Keep windows closed!!  Yes this may sound counter intuitive but if the temperature outside is 34 degrees then you’re just letting hot air IN!  Check where the sun is, keep windows on the sunny side of the house shut tight, but later in the day open the ones on the shady side of the house.nene local | hot days

3. Draw the curtains.  Check yourself, feel the temperature in the room then put your hand in the gap between the closed curtain and the window – HOT!nene local | hot days

4. Drink plenty.  Many of us are feeling lethargic and will often forget to drink – add lemon or mint to flavour the water and keep it in the fridge if you like it cold – don’t gulp it down and get a ‘freezer’ headace though!

5.  Keep strenuous activity to the early morning or late evening, and if you’re able to and work allows use the hottest part of the day to relax or at least go more slowly.

6. Put water out for wildlife.  Keep pets indoors in the cool.

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Unitary Programme Re-Designed to Include Transformation of Services

Following the announcement that two brand new unitary councils will be established in Northamptonshire on 1 April 2021, the eight councils involved have agreed a way forward to deliver a programme that will see better-quality service delivery across the county.

 

A transformation programme has been agreed now that Vesting Day has been set for 2021, allowing time for creating much more than just two ‘safe and legal’ authorities.

 

In a joint comment, the council leaders of Corby Borough Council (Tom Beattie), Daventry District Council (Chris Millar), East Northamptonshire Council (Steven North), Kettering Borough Council (Russell Roberts), Northampton Borough Council (Jonathan Nunn), Northamptonshire County Council (Matt Golby), South Northamptonshire Council (Cllr Ian McCord) and Borough Council of Wellingborough (Martin Griffiths), said:

 

“Now that Vesting Day is later than originally anticipated, we’ve re-visited our programme and built in transformational work that will ensure we can deliver better integrated services from day one, rather than after the creation of the new councils.

 

“Sustainability is key to the success of the two new unitary authorities and part of that is creating services that provide what residents need when they need it most and are flexible. We’re working with health, the voluntary sector and other key stakeholders to make it easier for residents to access the services they need and make sure the right people are working together to deliver that service.

 

“The programme will be delivered by a team made up of staff from all eight authorities as well as some external programme management support. A Chief Executive from each current authority will lead each of the projects that make up the programme, making it a plan that is owned and delivered by all Northamptonshire councils.”

 

Our vision for the new unitary authorities is set out in a prospectus for change, which can be found at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/prospectusforchange