Diabetes UK claims that 5.3 percent of people received the NHS Health Check in Waltham Forest when it should be more than double that number

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Waltham Forest Council has responded to questions raised by a national charity over the performance of its public health team.

Last week, Diabetes UK asked the authority what it has done to ensure that the NHS Health Check is given to residents after figures indicated that 5,700 adults in the borough could have diabetes without knowing it.

The charity said that since the council took over responsibility for providing the checks, less than half of adults were being seen.

However, a spokeswoman from the council said that they will release their official figures this week and that the public health team has managed to engage half of the borough’s GPs to provide the check.

She said: “The public health team aims to support the NHS and other health providers in improving the prevention, and increasing early diagnosis, of long-term conditions such as diabetes.

“The data from 2013/14, the first year public health has been the responsibility of the Council, is due to be released this week.

"Based on the data in the year to date, we are seeing a large improvement from the previous year, putting us more in line with the national average.”

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10:37am Wed 28 May 14

Robert19 says...

Not sure I have ever heard of the public health team. They seem to be keeping a very low profile. This is an opportunity for local authorities to do something very positive about health inequalities especially in a borough with high levels of deprivation like Waltham Forest. Is this happening?
Not sure I have ever heard of the public health team. They seem to be keeping a very low profile. This is an opportunity for local authorities to do something very positive about health inequalities especially in a borough with high levels of deprivation like Waltham Forest. Is this happening? Robert19
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12:40pm Wed 28 May 14

Go42 says...

Public Health is an important new (since April 2013) role for the Council. There will be less photo opportunities
 for those elected "experts" who used to grace WFN and much better scruitiny of outcomes especially through excellent groups such
as Diabetes UK.
Public Health is an important new (since April 2013) role for the Council. There will be less photo opportunities  for those elected "experts" who used to grace WFN and much better scruitiny of outcomes especially through excellent groups such as Diabetes UK. Go42
  • Score: 1

2:14pm Wed 28 May 14

Little_Australian says...

Less than a week after the election and the negative headlines have returned. Looks like it's back to business as usual for the Waltham Forest Labour party.
Less than a week after the election and the negative headlines have returned. Looks like it's back to business as usual for the Waltham Forest Labour party. Little_Australian
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2:20pm Wed 28 May 14

Robert19 says...

Given what the public health team should be doing is flagging up issues like diet, healthy lifestyles and advertising services that can help people like stopping smoking, regular health checks etc I would have thought there would be a whole treasure of photo opportunities for politicians to be prominently displayed. Perhaps mores the worry that there are not many if any such events - with politicians or without! It is also worrying that Diabetes UK does not see itself as a partner with LBWF in fighting the massive rise of this condition.
Given what the public health team should be doing is flagging up issues like diet, healthy lifestyles and advertising services that can help people like stopping smoking, regular health checks etc I would have thought there would be a whole treasure of photo opportunities for politicians to be prominently displayed. Perhaps mores the worry that there are not many if any such events - with politicians or without! It is also worrying that Diabetes UK does not see itself as a partner with LBWF in fighting the massive rise of this condition. Robert19
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9:01pm Wed 28 May 14

Go42 says...

Doing partnership with an advocacy group who has dared to challenged the Council would be new territory. Good luck Diabetes UK!
Doing partnership with an advocacy group who has dared to challenged the Council would be new territory. Good luck Diabetes UK! Go42
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9:11am Thu 29 May 14

Robert19 says...

In an ideal world the role of health advocacy organisations should be both to partner local health initiatives as well as challenge where they see deficits in activity or indeed the wrong type of activity. It would be good to see joint initiatives on diabetes - from working in schools on diet to more diagnostic checks with people at risk of getting Type 2 diabetes in middle age.
In an ideal world the role of health advocacy organisations should be both to partner local health initiatives as well as challenge where they see deficits in activity or indeed the wrong type of activity. It would be good to see joint initiatives on diabetes - from working in schools on diet to more diagnostic checks with people at risk of getting Type 2 diabetes in middle age. Robert19
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