Public Health practitioner resources

Healthy Homes

Where we live is an important determinant of health. Housing is more than just a roof over your head. Having a home is essential to living a full life. The state of our home can have an impact on both our physical and mental health. Equally, our physical and mental health drives how we maintain a healthy home. We all need somewhere that is safe, secure and stable if we are to focus on our families, our jobs and our health.

Supporting individuals to stay safe at home is a responsibility for us all, whether we work in housing, health & social care or the voluntary sector. There’s a wide range of training resources available to help in our role.

A range of short videos have been produced to provide bitesize information on key topics. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, let us know what you thought about these videos by completing this very short feedback form.

Healthy Homes webinars

Join us for a more detailed look at the relationship between health and homes in Hampshire. A number of key leads from across the system have been working together under the direction of the Hampshire Health and Wellbeing Board and have used their subject matter expertise to produce these resources. This is based on feedback from the 2020 Healthy Homes Training and Development Survey, where you told us that you needed more information and guidance on a number of topics in order to provide the best support you can to individuals.

These short information sessions will help you to recognise the signs that someone may live in an unhealthy home, help you to be confident to raise the subject and know where to sign post the individual to.

Stop smoking

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, some of which have immediate effects that compromise the body’s ability to heal and increase the risks associated with anaesthesia.

In addition to the general health risks associated with smoking, a patient who smokes is also at a much greater risk of anaesthetic complications and surgical site infections. We encourage practitioners to make direct referrals to Stop Smoking services which offer an effective intervention to enable patients to stop smoking.

Weight management

Obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon).

Hampshire has developed a primary care pathway for managing overweight and obesity from universal Services at Tier 1 to specialist bariatric Services in Tier 4. Tier 2 Weight Management Service for those with a BMI of 30+ (BMI 28+ and a co-morbidity that is adversely affected by their weight) is currently provided by Weight Watchers. Also POWeR, a new evidenced based online weight management programme is available free to all patients who want to lose weight and have a BMI of 25+.

Drugs and alcohol

Excess alcohol consumption is the third highest risk factor for avoidable ill health in England (after smoking and obesity). In Hampshire around one in five adults drink more alcohol than the safe recommended levels.

Health checks

NHS Health Checks are for eligible 40-74 year olds to prevent or spot the early signs of serious cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and stroke. The NHS Health Check assesses circulatory and vascular health and the risk of getting such diseases.

Tailored advice is then provided to improve or maintain health to enjoy life for longer. There is a range of Hampshire guidance and resources available to aid your delivery of the programme.

Guidance
Clinical System MIQUEST guidance
Letters and promotional materials
Performance
NHS Health Check - online training
Hampshire Lifestyles Signposting Directory

This directory has been produced to support practitioners and front line staff trained in Making Every Contact Count (MECC), who are engaging with healthy conversations.

Hampshire Lifestyle Services Signposting Directory

Mental Health

This guide is to support your mental health and wellbeing. You will find helpful tips and links to a range of resources, including information on where to find specific support and urgent care if needed.

We have also developed specific mental health and wellbeing guides for staff and volunteers and managers working in the community.

Suicide prevention training for staff working in Hampshire.

Our mental health & wellbeing training offer aims to help staff and volunteers working in the community develop their skills and confidence in supporting others.