Health services transfer to Wigan Council
Wigan Council now oversees community services advising residents about healthier life choices in a move to provide more ‘joined-up’ support.
The popular Healthy Routes service and GP based Community Link Workers transferred from City Health Care Partnership to Wigan Council today (1 April).
The move will lead to better integration with other council departments and partners, providing a more effective wraparound offer under the Healthier Wigan Partnership.
Healthy Routes which advises residents on lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, weight loss and alcohol reduction, and Community Link Workers, who advise on welfare needs and social issues, will continue working in the same way, offering bespoke and tailored support plans to service users.
Professor Kate Ardern, director of public health at Wigan Council said: “Both of these services are vital in helping us to deliver population health improvements and we believe that there will be greater opportunities for joined up and integrated working if these services are brought together within the context of the Healthier Wigan Partnership.
“Though staff have now transferred across to the council, the new working model is still in development but we would like to reassure those who currently access the services that the support they receive will not be affected and staff remain committed to helping them reach their goals.
“We are committed to developing and investing in Wigan Borough’s health and wellbeing services because we have seen at first hand the difference they make to the lives of local people and we know that they are well regarded by all our partners and the community.”
Staff were consulted on the change earlier this year and will help to shape the new way of working.
Those currently engaged with the services have been contacted directly about the changes.
The move comes the same day as the reintegration of Inspiring healthy lifestyles with the council after a mutual agreement was made with the Leisure Trust to safeguard jobs.
As a result, the council has rebranded its leisure and wellbeing services ‘BeWell’, which will help the authority to make an even bigger impact on the health and wellbeing of residents in the heart of their local community.
Prof Ardern added: “We are excited to develop the BeWell offer to ensure that we can provide a service that responds to the changing health needs of our residents.
“We have big ambitions for the future of all of these services and I look forward to working with our new colleagues to make them a reality.”
If you would like to find out more about the two services and the support they provide, please email Community Link Workers or Healthy Routes. You could also call the CLW service on 01942 836 967 or Healthy Routes on 01942 836 963.
Posted on Thursday 1st April 2021