Community Health

September 2023

Hi Health Champions,

Please see this week’s message focusing on NHS Vaccination update and the NHS winter survey.

NHS vaccination update

Those who are eligible, will now be offered a Covid vaccine from 11 September, in line with the latest announcement by the Department of Health and Social Care and the UK Health Security Agency. The change follows the risks presented by the new BA.2.86 variant.

The adult Covid and flu vaccination programmes had been due to start in October, but following the national announcement, the local NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, along with the rest of the country, will now begin vaccinating those most at risk from 11 September.

Residents of care homes and those most at risk, including those who are immunosuppressed, will receive their Covid vaccine first. This will be followed by carers, pregnant women and health and social care staff, as well as adults aged 65 and over.

From 18 September, the NHS will start to invite eligible people to book an appointment on the National Booking Service.

The winter flu and Covid vaccination programme provides vital protection to those eligible and their families over winter, keeping people from developing serious illnesses, and helping to minimise hospitalisations during busy winter months.

To find out more visit the NHS Vaccination webpage.

For the latest local information visit

NHS Winter Survey

NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is inviting people to participate in a pre-winter communications survey to assist in planning communications and marketing campaigns for the coming autumn and winter period. The campaigns will support people to get the care they need, as quickly as possible.

The survey aims to find out more about what people thought of the NHS campaigns during last winter, their understanding of local services and what is important to consider for the future. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire. The closing date is Sunday 17 September 2023.

To complete the survey, go to:

Kind regards,

Health Champions – Leicestershire County Council


Hi Health Champions,

Please see this week’s message focusing on NHS industrial action, Healthy Eating Healthy Activity courses, and the new Five to Thrive initiative.

NHS industrial action

All NHS services are expected to be under greater pressure than normal during the Junior Doctors’ strike from 11-15 August 2023. Please follow the NHS’ advice during this time, to help you get the right care, in the right place, as quickly as possible. In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the strikes coincide with the school summer holidays, which means the impact is likely to be greater than normal.

You can help by:

·  Using 111 online as the first port of call for urgent health needs. Call NHS 111 if you cannot get online.

·  Calling 0808 800 3302 for urgent mental health problems or visiting a Neighbourhood Mental Health café.

·  Only using 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency (when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk).

·  Looking after minor illnesses and injuries yourself at home. You can use a local pharmacy, the NHS App or NHS 111 online for advice.

Using your GP practice as normal.

·  Attending any scheduled medical appointments. The NHS will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action.

If you are going on holiday:

·  Order your prescriptions for any regular medication in good time, so you don’t run out when you are away.

·  Make sure you take your medication with you.

·  If you are unwell when away from home in the UK, your first port of call should be your own GP practice. They will be able to provide online, phone and video consultations and arrange for prescriptions to be sent to any pharmacy you choose.

·  You can also use NHS 111 online for advice about getting the right care near to where you are.

·  Make sure you pack a basic first aid kit.

Visit LLR NHS website for more information.

Healthy Eating Healthy Activity 

Leicestershire Weight Management provide a free 8-week course specifically for families to help them eat well, participate in regular activity, and maintain a healthy weight. 

The aim is to encourage young people and their families to develop positive lifestyle behaviours, like cooking healthy food or engaging in exercise, that will continue into adulthood.

The weight management team will recommend budget-friendly, healthy food ideas that are simple for a family to follow. Qualified Nutritionists will also recommend manageable physical activity for the whole family to engage in.

The next course:

Wednesday afternoons

  • 20 September 2023 – 15 November 2023 (except Weds 18th Oct – half term break)
  • Time: 4:00-6:00pm
  • Where: Charnwood district

Anyone interested in taking advantage of the free course can get an initial assessment from the weight management team by filling in the online form or by calling 0116 305 0730.

For more information you can also visit the weight management website.

Five to Thrive pledge

The Five to Thrive pledge offers five steps to enable people to live a longer and healthier life.

Launching on 1 September, the campaign will build a UK-wide community that encourages people to commit to ageing well behaviours throughout the month, with a lasting impact on their health and wellbeing.

This has been developed by the Open University in line with NHS anticipatory/ proactive care policies and ageing well research.

The Five to Thrive initiative targets people in their 50s and 60s to take up and develop 5 habits that will support healthy ageing, these are:

  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Moving
  • Thinking
  • Connecting

The initiative asks individuals to choose to take up daily habits over a month that will impact their ageing outcomes.

The ambition is to see as many people as possible from the UK sign up to this pledge and to have this as an annual event to accompany other successful pledges such as Dry January.

Throughout the month, the team will send pledgers materials via email to inspire and engage them as well as consistent social media.

For more information, head to the Five to Thrive page on the Open University website.

Kind regards,

Health Champions – Leicestershire County Council