An integral part of the Public Health role in a Local Authority is health promotion. We lead on health education or awareness campaigns, with a specific disease or condition focus. These campaigns aim to improve public awareness about disease risk and the impact conditions may have on an individual's health and inform the them on how to reduce this risk.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme saves an estimated 5,000 lives per year. However, the level of uptake of the programme has been poor, with only 71.4% of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) screened at 31 March 2018.
“If all eligible women attended cervical screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer deaths could be prevented”
In Barnet, rates of attendance at cervical screening is at 63.9%, significantly lower than the national average, along with the 4 neighbouring boroughs in North Central London (NCL) – Enfield, Camden & Islington and Haringey. Across NCL there is particularly low uptake in certain groups, including:
- young women
- people living with a learning or physical disability
- people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups
- lesbian and bisexual women
- those from a lower socioeconomic background
To address these inequalities and increase uptake, Barnet is taking part in an NCL wide cervical cancer campaign, delivering a range of patient education and awareness raising activities to help more women understand and be less fearful of taking up cervical screening, should they want to.
The local campaign will begin in March 2019, coinciding with Public Health England’s (PHE) national cervical screening campaign.
Keep an eye out for your Cervical Screening invitation letter!
All women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening:
- aged 25 to 49 – every 3 years
- aged 50 to 64 – every 5 years
- over 65 – only women who have recently had abnormal tests
For more information, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/
Mental Health Awareness Campaign
Supporting people to maintain and improve their mental health and wellbeing is a key priority for Barnet Council [hyperlink to the Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2015-2020]. Barnet Council, by working with partners, is committed to build prevention and early identification into all we can to prevent and reduce mental health problems for our borough’s residents.
We will be delivering a Mental Health Awareness campaign, launching in the Spring 2019. Through this campaign we aim to raise awareness, tackle stigma and discrimination and making mental health everyone’s business.
Please visit our Mental Health & Wellbeing page for information and support on how to better manage your mental health and wellbeing. [Hyperlink to Mental Health & Wellbeing page]
National Health Awareness days and weeks
- World Cancer Day, 4 February 2019
- Children’s Mental Health Week, 4-10 February 2019
- Time to Talk Day, 7 February 2019
- National Salt Awareness Week, 18-22 February 2019
- Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, March
- Nutrition and Hydration Week, 11-17 March 2019
- No Smoking Day, 11-17 March 2019
- World Sleep Day, 15 March 2019
- World Oral Health Day, 20 March 2019