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Draft Carers’ Strategy 2012-2015

The new draft local Carers’ Strategy is now available to view on the Council website at  The development of the strategy has been led by the Council, and carers and carers’ organisations have been involved in identifying the key issues for local carers, which the strategy will address over the next three years. The draft strategy sets out high level priorities and a timetable for realistic actions, with annual reviews built in.

Autism Strategy

The Autism Act 2009 was the first ever piece of legislation designed to address the needs of one specific group of people with impairments; adults with autism.  The council is currently leading the development of Bolton’s first multi-agency Autism Strategy, which will be launched next April to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day 2013. 

Health Improvement Work in Primary Care - Autumn 2012

Cancer Audit 2012

This piece of work is looking to understand more about the nature and extent of delays in cancer diagnosis. It aims to promote early diagnosis of cancer and identify opportunities for prevention initiatives. The data is currently being collate and analysed.

Dementia Audit 2012-2013

This project aims to promote early diagnosis of dementia, to enable GPs to provide interventions which will ensure better health outcomes for dementia patients and their carers. There are 2 elements to the work:

FOOD4BOLTON - Community Food Consultation

FOOD4BOLTON is a community food consultation presently being undertaken by the Food Access Bolton team. The consultation is targeting local groups and individuals in  community –based locations. It aims through game-playing to :-

Request for Information - Drug and Alcohol Treatment Needs Assessment

Richard Tamlyn is currently writing the annual Drug and Alcohol Treatment Needs Assessment for Bolton DASCT. He has significant sources of information available from annually updated national databases. These focus on whole town data for service demand by Opiate and Crack users and drinkers. In Bolton it is apparent that there are changing patterns of use; especially amongst younger people who are using cocktails of different and newer drugs.

Mental Health News Issue 2 (Summer 2012)

The 2nd edition of the quarterly newsletter pertaining to mental health in Bolton with contributions from NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, Bolton Council, Bolton Hospitals Foundation Trust and NHS Bolton.

JSNA Newsletter - Summer 2012

Welcome everyone to the Summer 2012 JSNA newsletter. The Spring newsletter announced the launch of the Bolton’s Health Matters website, the new home to Bolton’s JSNA.  Since the launch, the site has been visited 1902 times by 1036 unique visitors. Members of the JSNA team have been delivering live demonstrations right across the partnership to interested groups and the response to the website has been incredibly positive.

Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes

The Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum has recently published its proposals on how health-related care for children and young people can be improved.

The independent Forum, which was asked by the Secretary of State to help develop a new strategy for improving care for children and young people, identified several themes that it says are key to making the improvements needed.

Greater Manchester JSNA Consultation

The Greater Manchester Joint Strategic Needs Assessment pages are now live on the GM Public Health Practice Unit website:

These pages are open for consultation beginning today, 30 July, until 31 August inclusive. If you wish to comment, please download the form that can be found on the introductory page and return it before the closing date. 

LINk - GP Registration Survey

Bolton Local Involvement Network (LINk) are currently undertaking a GP registration survey which will run until end October 2012 and report by end November 2012. The aim of the survey is to explore issues around GP registration and access to health care.  One of the questions asks people to rate which service they would prefer to use when they need to access health care, from pharmacy, GP, walk-in centre or accident and emergency department.

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