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For professionals

Our strategies

Alcohol action plan

Alcohol over-consumption and the associated outcomes are an area of concern locally. Southwark ranked sixth among the 32 London boroughs for hospital admissions episodes due to alcohol and third for mortality from chronic liver disease in 2014/15. Acute intoxication, sometimes linked to a vibrant night time economy, creates a considerable burden on local enforcement services and there are far reaching societal impacts of alcohol misuse which include crime, antisocial-behaviour, impact on families and the safeguarding of children and young people. Southwark’s Alcohol Action Plan 2017-20 (pdf, 144kb) has been produced in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders from across the council, Southwark NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, providers and the voluntary and community sector and represents a local commitment to reducing alcohol harm across the borough.

Food security action plan

Being food secure means being sure of your ability to secure enough food of sufficient quality and quantity to allow you to stay healthy and participate in society (Food Foundation, 2016). The plan we've developed, alongside the Southwark Food Action Alliance, demonstrates the importance of having a borough-wide approach and gives examples of how organisations and communities are and can work together as part of a wider system. Building food security happens on many levels and everyone has a part to play from supporting people in crisis to building resilient communities and systems to provide access to affordable healthy food.

Healthy weight

Southwark has some of the highest rates of overweight and obesity in the country, with 58% of adults and 43% of children in Year 6 classified as obese or overweight. Our healthy weight strategy (pdf, 1.1mb) has been put together in an effort to tackle obesity in Southwark using an evidence-based, life-course approach which is family focused and brings all partners together in a whole systems approach.

All professionals working in Southwark are eligible to receive our free, bespoke Healthy Weight Training course developed to help healthcare and non-healthcare professionals gain confidence to sensitively and effectively raise the issue of weight with their clients. The fully online course is worth between 2.5 and 5 CPD credit hours. For more information apply at Southwark healthy weight.

Suicide prevention strategy and action plan

In Southwark between 25 and 30 people take their own life each year. The trend has been upwards in Southwark over the last decade. Every suicide is a tragic event with devastating impacts on friends, families and communities. Our Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan 2017-22 (pdf, 746kb) represents a local commitment to reduce suicide, attempted suicide and self-harm in the borough from currently among the highest to among the lowest rates in London. You can read the full strategy and action plan via the link below.

Tobacco control

In Southwark, 16% of all adults currently smoke. While this is relatively low, this is still an estimated 46,000 adult smokers with the majority coming from disadvantaged communities. Reducing smoking prevalence, particularly among our most deprived communities, is a key ambition of the Southwark Health and Well-being Board.

The Tobacco Control Strategy (pdf, 1.6mb) outlines a co-ordinated, multi-agency approach to tobacco control focussing on the following widely recognised strands of tobacco control.

Vaccination

Vaccination is the safest and most cost-effective way to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases and aims to prevent disease at the individual level and also to achieve a level of population coverage that confers herd immunity. Despite the success of vaccination programmes, recent work undertaken in Southwark has identified that local vaccination coverage for several vaccines has also declined and some have now fallen below both locally and nationally agreed targets. Reasons for this decline include widening inequalities, growth of underserved groups and creation of “vaccine hesitant” clusters fed by misinformation.

Our Immunisation Strategy and Action Plan has been developed with partners across Southwark and represents a commitment to reverse this downward trend in vaccination uptake, and to achieve our vision to improve coverage over the next two years.

Page last updated: 09 October 2020

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