Health and Wellbeing

Rochford and Castle Point’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019 – 2021

Together with Castle Point Borough Council, we have developed our joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy. It presents how we will work together with partners to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents, providing them with the services, skills and support to take control of their own health and make positive changes. The strategy is closely aligned to the Essex Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, published in 2018, and is accompanied by an action plan which details what work is being done to meet each of the three priorities we have identified. These are:

  • Reducing levels of overweight and obesity
  • Improving mental health and wellbeing
  • Supporting people to lead independent lives to stay in their own homes for as long as possible

Both strategies and our accompanying action plan are available to view by clicking on the relevant links in the Related Content section. 

What is livewell?

The livewell campaign is designed to engage communities, families and individuals with the aim of providing information about all that is on offer in Essex to improve health and wellbeing. There is a real need to collectively find solutions that contribute towards wellbeing in order to reduce the cost to the NHS on social care and health. All Essex Local Authorities and our partners have come together to collaborate on the health and wellbeing agenda and work towards achieving better health outcomes for people across Essex.

We have identified six themes that we will use to deliver the health and wellbeing programme:

Startwell – Giving children the best start in life.
We will endeavour to help young families have the best start in life.

Staywell – Clinical wellbeing, a state of health.
We will work together with the community and professionals to ensure our residents have access to the best clinical services.

Feelwell – A state of mental wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her potential and can cope with the normal stresses of life.
We will improve the access to services that address mental wellbeing.

Eatwell – Healthy eating means consuming the right type and quantity of food from all food groups in order to lead a healthy life.
We will raise awareness across the district about healthier eating.

Bewell – People of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities can benefit from being physically active.
We will encourage more people to undertake regular physical activity, which will in turn produce longer term health benefits

Agewell – Plan now for the future, for a healthier retirement.
We will endeavour to encourage people to look at improving their health and wellbeing now, to be able to lead a better quality of life in the future.
We will also encourage and provide opportunity for our elderly population to be more active during their retirement years.

Health Profiles

Health Profiles provide a snapshot of the current health status of an area.  They include tailored commentary, maps and charts as well as providing up-to-date information on important health issues such as childhood obesity, skin cancer (malignant melanoma), deaths from smoking, hospital stays due to alcohol misuse, and early deaths from cancer and heart disease. Health Profile information for the Rochford District is available to view by clicking on the links in the Related Content section.

Local Public Health Funding

We support local voluntary groups and community organisations to deliver interventions to help improve the health and wellbeing of those who live, work and visit the Rochford district. Through public health funding provided by Essex County Council, together with the help of our strategic health partners and local statutory organisations, we are working to deliver our health and wellbeing strategy which aims to:

  • Reduce overweight and obesity
  • Improve mental health and wellbeing
  • Support people to live independently to stay in their own homes for as long as possible 

Our public health plan for 2019-20 outlines our aspirations for the year ahead and how, who and what is needed to achieve these, to enable us to meet our vision and priorities for the Rochford district. This plan can be viewed in the Related Content section.

Health Services

The Related Content section contains links to counselling services who provide help, support and understanding to anyone who may be suffering from a mental health problem.

Local Hospitals

A single NHS Trust covers both Rochford and Southend General Hospitals and all acute services are located in Southend. The major purchaser of the Trust's services will be the Southend Health Authority. This centralisation freed part of the northern section of the Rochford Hospital site for residential development, which is now complete. Permission has been granted by the local planning authority for the comprehensive redevelopment of Rochford Hospital, within Rochford town centre. This will enable the long-term continuance of services to be provided.

Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group

The Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group is the local NHS organisation, responsible for shaping health and care services in Castle Point and Rochford. You can find out more information about the services they provide by visiting their website in Related Content.