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Can you kick the habit for Stoptober?

Smokers are being urged to kick the habit by taking part in Stoptober the annual call-to-quit from Public Health England.

The 28-day challenge, running in October, targets people who would like to stop smoking and provides them with the help and support to do it.

Last year, around 2.5 million smokers across the country attempted to quit and 500,000 (20%) were successful up from 13.6% six years ago.

Locally in Nottingham, 24% of the adult population smokes compared with 18% in the East Midlands and 16.9% nationally. The city figure is down from 37% in 2009.

A range of support tools are available this year as part of the Stoptober campaign. These include information about local stop-smoking services, like New Leaf in Nottingham, motivational emails and app messages.

Read more about the support on offer here

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Update on Transforming Care Programme 2016

Two feedback sessions have been planned for October to update people about a programme designed to transform care for those with autism or a learning disability.

The Transforming Care Programme 2016, jointly organised bylocal health and social care organisations,specifically seeks to support those who are at risk of developing a mental health condition or behaviours which could be described as challenging.

The scheme will change the way services are delivered so that care is focused on keeping them healthy, well and supported in their local community, and that in-patient beds in hospitals are only used where community services cannot provide safe and suitable alternatives.

Between February and March this year, a 12-week public consultation was held to check that plans in place are what the public feel they need. Almost 200 questionnaires were received and nearly 400 face-to-face consultations carried out.

Two events are now being held to share the results. These are:

  • The Learning Room, New Arts Centre, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, Wednesday 12 October, 1.30pm-4pm
  • The Meeting Place, Mansfield Central Library, Four Seasons Centre, Mansfield, Thursday 13 October, 6pm to 8pm

To register an interest in attending, please contact Sarah Oakley on 0115 883 9539 or email

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City lands fourth mental health support provider

NHS Nottingham City CCG has announced Turning Point as a new mental health support provider.

Turning Point will join Lets Talk Wellbeing, Insight Healthcare and Trent PTS to provide more help for people experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

All four offer a range of NICE-approved therapies and this additional capacity will support the delivery of ambitious national plans that mean at least 25% of people with common mental health conditions access psychological therapy services by 2020.

Details of the local providers are:

Insight Healthcare - 0300 555 5580

Lets Talk Wellbeing - 0115 956 0888

Trent PTS - 0115 896 3160

Turning Point - 0300 555 0456

Medical trial

Healthy men and women needed for medical study

A research study is taking place at the University of Nottingham looking at how muscles are affected by inactivity in young and older people.

Volunteers will wear a below-knee cast and medics will measure changes to the calf muscle during a three-day period.

An inconvenience allowance of 200 will be paid after completing the study, which requires a total of four visits to the university's Medical School. Findings from this study could help patients recover more quickly from injury.

If you would like to know more or take part, contact Arfan Ali on0115 823 1412or

More information on the study can be found here


Protect yourself against flu this winter

Flu is caused by a virus which can spread rapidly when infected people cough or sneeze. It occurs every year, usually in the winter months, and it is highly infectious.

The most common symptoms are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles and extreme tiredness.

The best way you can protect yourself against flu this winter is to have the vaccination this autumn - therefore develop immunity before the peak in infections. Remember you need to have this every year in order to be protected. Dont assume you are not at risk because you had it last year.

Those who arerecommended to have the flu vaccine are:

  • Everyone aged 65 or over
  • Everyone under 65 years of age, including children and babies over six months of age,who have had heart problems, chest complaints likebronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma, kidney or liver disease, lowered immunity, have suffered a stroke, are diabetic, pregnant or seriously overweight
  • All two, three and four-year-old children at the GP practice
  • All children in school years 1,2 and 3 via the school
  • Everyone living in a residential or nursing home
  • All frontline health and social care workers, or those caring for the disabled or elderly

As well as getting your jab, you can help reduce the spread of flu by regularly washing your hands, particularly after sneezing or coughing. You can pass on flu without having any symptoms, so wash your hands regularly.

If you have flu, stay away from work and from mixing with family and friends until you are better.

More information on staying well this winter here

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