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Health strategy for county

The first Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Lincolnshire has been published

This document outlines five themes and a number of priorities that will help to improve people's lives by informing future investment and decision making across Lincolnshire.

Feedback from members of the public, voluntary groups and health and care professionals have been used to shape the document, written by GPs and people who invest in health and social care services, following a public consultation earlier in the year.

The five themes within the strategy are:

• Promoting healthier lifestyles

• Improve the health and wellbeing of older people

• Deliver high quality systematic care of major causes of ill health and disability

• Improving health and social outcomes and reducing health inequalities for children

• Tackling the social determinants of health

In addition, the impact on people's mental health and the needs of carers have been considered throughout each of the five themes.

Dr Tony Hill, Director of Public Health for NHS Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire County Council said: "This strategy has been developed with input from local organisations and public feedback. The final document outlines areas where we want to develop services over the next five years to have a real impact on improving people's lives.

"The document contains information on a number of areas but to put it simply we want to make it easier for people to make healthier lifestyle choices, help older people live more independently, provide better support for people to manage their health conditions, give children the best possible start and realise their full potential whilst supporting the most vulnerable people to work and live well."

Councillor Sue Woolley, Executive Member for Health, Housing and Community at Lincolnshire County Council, said:

"We thank everyone who contributed to this landmark project; it will influence where and how money is spent to help Lincolnshire residents live healthier lives. Particularly with our quickly-growing elderly population, this comes at an important time, assisting all those involved in keeping people independent in their own homes for longer and managing any conditions. It's also about helping everyone, no matter what their age or circumstance, to lead a healthier and happier life in a county already well-regarded for its quality of life."

The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is available to view at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/JHWS