Public Health

Adverse Childhood Experiences could be affecting 1 in 2 adults in Cumbria

Adverse Childhood Experiences are the focus of this year’s Public Health Annual Report from Cumbria’s Director of Public Health online at

This year’s Public Health Annual Report describes what ACEs are and the impact that they can have on both individuals and communities and attempts to estimate the scale of the problem in Cumbria. It then goes on to explore what can be done to prevent ACEs and to mitigate against their effects. Finally, it identifies the work that is being done across Cumbria to address this problem and makes recommendations for future strategy.

Read the report in full.

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health professionals to improve services, outcomes and reduce the negative impact of mental
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messages that PHE wish to share.


Barrow neuro drop in sessions update

Barrow planning meeting

Members of the Cumbria Neurological Alliance are developing a neuro drop-in centre for people living with a neurological condition, their families and carers. It will be based in the Hindpool Centre, Barrow in Furness.

Charities and specialist neuro therapists working across South Cumbria came together this month to plan the programme which starts on 2nd November. The first groups will be hosted by Parkinson’s UK, Headway South Cumbria and the MND Association.

Dr David Footitt Consultant Neurologist said “I was delighted to hear that Cumbria Neurological Alliance has been able to secure support to run regular drop-in sessions at the Hindpool Community Centre. Whilst patients and carers affected by some of the commoner neurological conditions benefit from local support groups, too many people feel isolated by their condition and unable to link with others facing similar challenges. There are many common experiences shared between people with Neurological conditions. This initiative provides people with the opportunity to share, support and learn from one another whilst enjoying social interaction and a range of activities. This concentration on a core of well-being, supporting independence and maintaining social contacts is key to improving outcomes for my patients. I trust that we in the NHS will be able to support it to succeed and flourish.”

Dr David Footitt Consultant Neurologist Cumbria

The initiative has been supported by Dr Farhan Amin, GP and member of the Morecambe Bay CCG and Les Graham public health locality manager with Cumbria County Council.

Check out the programme

Enquiries to Glenys Marriott Chair Cumbria Neurological Alliance at Twitter @cumbrianeuro

Colin from the ABI team with Christine and David Wilson from Headway South Cumbria


David Schofield


The team from BIRT Barrow

More photos to come!

Public health working with the voluntary sector

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a report in conjunction with Volunteering Matters highlighting where public health is successfully working with the voluntary sector across the country. The increasing emphasis on prevention and integration has brought new opportunities for the sector, which has stepped up to meet the challenge. New investment has been particularly positive at a time when statutory agencies as a whole were often looking to reduce funding. Now, at a time of severely constrained resources for both local government and the NHS, it is even more important that we work together as equal partners to mobilise all our assets to tackle poor health and health inequalities.

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