February 2024: New Year Networking for The Health and Wellbeing Sector

February 2024: New Year Networking for The Health and Wellbeing Sector

In February, Bassetlaw District Council, in collaboration with Bassetlaw Place Partners, delivered a dynamic networking event tailored for the health and wellbeing sector. The event aligned with LGBTQ+ History Month.

101 dedicated health and wellbeing colleagues joined together for a great afternoon of networking, sharing ideas, and discussing how they can link together to provide better and more focused services for residents in Bassetlaw.

Our event was more than a meeting; it was an opportunity for all colleagues to network at a singular event dedicated to talking to one another about everything and anything health and wellbeing.

Colleagues from diverse corners of the health and wellbeing sector united to:

  • Exchange ideas
  • Forge new connections
  • Strengthen existing contacts
  • Discover local services
  • Access fresh information

This lively event saw two educational presentations. Bassetlaw Place Based Partnership delivered insights on the Bassetlaw Cancer Alliance Timely Presentation. Citizens Advice Bassetlaw illuminated the positive strides the health and wellbeing sector has made in combating the pressing cost of living crisis. Attendees walked away armed with knowledge that could be communicated to Bassetlaw residents through various channels.

Claudia from Barnsley Premier Leisure injected bursts of energy with a spirited, seated chair exercise class, ensuring the atmosphere stayed invigorating.

Celebrating Diversity: LGBT+ History Month

This year’s LGBTQ+ History Month embraced the theme of celebrating the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community to Medicine and Healthcare, both historically and in the present. Pull-up banners, slides, flyers, and LGBTQ+ services adorned our event, sharing vital information on this rich and diverse topic.

As the event drew to a close, feedback from colleagues suggested the event was a success with a satisfaction rating of 98%.

Importance of vaccinations

Finally, over the last few months, you may have seen some adverts or information from the NHS about the rising number of children and adults catching measles, particularly in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

Measles is very contagious and can make children and adults seriously unwell. Symptoms include cold-like signs such as a high temperature, runny or blocked nose or a cough, spots in the mouth, followed by a rash that starts on the face and behind the ears, before spreading to the rest of the body. If you notice these symptoms in you or your child, please do not attend your GP in person as this increases the risk of passing it onto other people. Instead, please use your GP’s online system or call them.

The best way of reducing the risk of catching measles and preventing an outbreak in our area is to keep up with your child’s or your own MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccinations.

The MMR vaccine is given in two doses for maximum safety. You can check if you or your child has had either the first or second doses by contacting your GP or check your child’s red book.

Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children, and even if you’ve missed vaccines in the past, it’s never too late to act.

There are a range of free NHS vaccinations available to help protect you and your child from infectious diseases. You can also find more information online at www.nhs.uk/vaccinations or in the Vaccinations and Immunisations section of www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk

Thank you for joining us this month for a different blog topic, next month we will we exploring the importance of nutrition and hydration.

Cllr Lynne Schuller, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing 

Last Updated on Friday, March 8, 2024