Cornwall Council recently launched their Casualty Reduction Strategy

November 1st, 2019 by

Cornwall Council recently launched their Casualty Reduction Strategy, which was previously published in 2013.  Our priority remains to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSIs) on our roads and action is required now to reverse the negative trend of rising KSIs, particularly with those seriously injured.

Our vision is to eradicate deaths and serious injuries from our roads, supporting an accessible, healthier and safer Cornwall.  We have adopted the ‘Safe System’ approach, which advocates a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to address the road safety needs of all users, using the five pillar framework approach of Safer Speeds, Safer Road Users, Safer Vehicles, Safer Roads and Mobility and Post Crash Response.  Underpinning this is Cornwall Council’s collaborative principles to:

  • work together as one team
  • connect with our partners
  • connect with our communities and;
  • tackle KSI’s with evidence led data

 

Road safety is a matter of national importance, affecting both those who drive and those who don’t drive.  September 26th was a day of reflection and a pledge by Project EDWARD to encourage a European Day Without a Road Death.  This annual event promotes initiatives to encourage all road users to reflect on their behaviour and attitude, as they recognise driver behaviour is one of the key barriers to progress.  During the week commencing 18th November 2019, the charity Brake are running a Road Safety week which we will see activity focussed on safe and healthy journeys, encouraging everyone to step up and play their part in the celebration of safe system solutions and the creation of a safe and healthy future.

As part of the Road Safety Week, Brake is encouraging everyone to ‘Make the Brake Pledge’.  The Pledge calls for people to do everything they can to protect themselves and the people around them.  For more information on how to pledge see the following link:

http://www.brake.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&layout=edit&id=129

Casualty Reduction Strategy is available here: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/40378000/final-casualty-reduction-strategy-2019-web.pdf

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The Nominations Are…

October 29th, 2019 by

Coastline Housing Homeless Team has been nominated and short listed for a Markel 3rd Sector Care, Collaboration (Integration) Award in partnership with the Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT). The nomination was for their work on the administration of Naloxone in the Coastline Housing Homeless service. The ceremony announcing the winner will take place on Friday the 6th December at London Marriott Hotel.

Coastline Housing and the DAAT have been working to support those who are rough sleeping, and experience complex needs such as drug and alcohol issues. In the past year, this service helped 1,117 people, and homes have been provided for over 4,500 families.

The use of Naloxone helps save lives in the event of an overdose, and by promoting its use they have helped encourage drug users to be open to engaging with treatment services and get support to address their behaviour.

All staff have been trained through the DAAT training program to be able to recognise signs of overdose and how to apply the key steps in saving lives. Their aim is to put these skills into their everyday work to help save lives and guide those though a positive road to recovery.

It is extremely rewarding to see the outcome of the work with Naloxone and what it has achieved. Since 2016, 41 people have been saved across complex needs supported housing providers and it is now being used in all 12 properties provided by the Coastline Housing Service. It is crucial that this work continues and it is great to see their achievements have been recognised.

Article by Chloe Crilly

 

 

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Multi-agency working to combat drug litter

October 16th, 2019 by

Community Safety Drug Litter ½ Year Report 2019/20

Outreach workers from Addaction and the Local Police Teams attend sites of reported drug litter to provide assertive outreach to those affected.

Members of the public are asked to report drug litter to Cornwall Council and once received this information is cascaded to Addaction and the local Police so they can attend the affected area and offer support and advice to anyone who may need it.

Over the last 6 months there have been 72 reports of drug litter to Cornwall Council and the most prevalent areas are Newquay (15), Penzance (15), St Austell (9) and Camborne (7).

Graph shows litter request for April to September 2018 compared to the same time period in 2019.

There has been a reduction in the number of drug litter requests in Penzance and St Austell. The reason for this reduction is unknown although one possible explanation is the extra time and resources dedicated to assertive outreach in these areas.

Below is a breakdown of the drug litter requests for the last 6 months for further information.

 

 

 

 

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Community Safety & DAAT Training Programmes

October 3rd, 2019 by

Between the months of April and September, the following training courses have been delivered for Community Safety & Fire staff and services, including Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, Housing, Employment, Anti-Social Behaviour, Mental Health, Pharmacists & GPs and Drug & Alcohol treatment staff:

9x Alcohol Intervention & Brief Advice

A total of 154 people attended and completed the 3 hour Alcohol IBA session.

6x Basic Drug Awareness

A total of 92 people attended and completed the 1 day BDA course.

2x Community Hospital Alcohol Detoxification (CHAD) training

A total of 18 people attended and completed this course.

5x Connect 5 Stage 1-3 Mental Wellbeing training

A total of 29 people attended and completed the 3 stages of the Connect 5 course in the Isles of Scilly.

6x Dual Diagnosis courses

A total of 104 people attended and completed the 2 day Dual Diagnosis course.

The availability of this course has been opened up to the wider circulation!

1x Stress Management: Faster EFT Eutaptics Seminar

FEFT/Eutaptics is a system that looks at how our minds successfully create our problems and subsequently how we can work with the mind to change them.

A total of 57 people attended the evening seminar in June 2019.

11x Motivational Interviewing (general)

A total of 167 people attended and completed the 1 day general MI courses.

7x Young People’s Substance Awareness and Screening

A total of 50 people attended and completed the 1 day YP Screening course

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Deep-fat frying

August 23rd, 2019 by

Following a recent incident involving a chip pan, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind everyone about the potential dangers of deep-fat frying.

Remember:

  • Never fill a chip pan (or deep-fat fryer) more than one-third full of oil
  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on
  • Never put the food in the pan if the oil begins to give off smoke
  • Turn off the heat and leave the oil to cool

Top tip: Before you put food in the pan, dry the food and test the temperature of the oil by putting in a small piece of bread. If the bread crisps quickly, the oil is ready.

If you are planning to deep fat fry then please make sure you read and follow the guidance found on our web page. If you are in any doubt whether to try and put out a chip pan fire yourself, don’t. – Leave the room, close the door and dial 999.

For more information about deep-fat frying please visit the following web page – bit.ly/2F3zI9M

 

 

 

 

 

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Tombstoning dangers warning

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Blue Light Day 2019

July 1st, 2019 by

Emergency Services gear up for Blue Light Day 2019

Adults with a learning disability or autism and their carers in Cornwall are invited to learn how the emergency services in Cornwall work and have a fun day out at Cornwall’s annual Blue Light Day taking place on Wednesday 3 July.

The event, which is being held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, runs from 10am until 3pm and is free to attend.

Now in its 12th year, Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.

The best things about Blue Light Day last year….

Emergency service vehicles including police, fire, ambulance, coastguard, search and rescue teams, 4×4 response teams and many more will be on show for everyone to explore.

Cornwall’s Fire and Rescue Service will be in attendance with one of its fire engines for people to look around, along with demonstrations from Archie and Woody the fire dogs.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said:  “As well as being really good fun for everyone involved, Blue Light Day offers an important service to those members of our communities who might be less familiar and sure about the work of the emergency services in Cornwall.”

In the middle of the day there will be a demonstration to show how all the emergency services would respond to a road traffic collision in slow time. One casualty will be rescued from the passenger side by removing the door and the driver will be removed on a spinal board with a full roof removal. There will be commentary of the drill with everything explained. This drill is carried out by the operational crew from Wadebridge, working alongside the Police and Ambulance services.”

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council cabinet member for adults, said:  “Having been at last year’s event, I know how much this event is appreciated by all who attend. Being familiar with what the emergency services do and their vehicles might at some point, if someone was involved in some sort of emergency, give them some much needed reassurance and familiarity. It is fantastic to have the support of all organisations who are involved in responding to emergencies and keeping Cornwall safe.”

Other highlights of the day will include performances with singing and signing, drums for fun, rhythm sticks and lots of dancing. There will also be information available from over fifty different agencies that provide support for adults with disabilities including many different Cornwall Council services.

Blue Light Day is funded by Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Office of Police Crime Commissioner and Kernow Clinical Commission Group and is supported by South Western Ambulance service, Safer Cornwall  and Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability and /or autism and many other local charities and organisations.

This event supports Cornwall Council’s priority to protect and improve the lives of vulnerable adults here in Cornwall.

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HOT at RCHT

June 6th, 2019 by

Innovative ‘HOT Team’ project to address alcohol A&E figures

In April 2018, national figures demonstrated that the number of people being admitted to A&E departments in England is the highest since records began.  Additional research has evidenced that a substantial amount of individuals frequently attending A&E departments are struggling with problematic drug and alcohol use.

Addaction, Cornwall’s commissioned drug and alcohol treatment service, has launched a rapid response team to cut the number of people frequently attending the hospital’s A&E department due to alcohol or drugs.

The HOT Team (Hospital Outreach Team) is the first team in the country to link up with a major Hospital to deliver a collaborative service offer to patients struggling with problematic alcohol and/or drug use, often becoming frequent attenders.

Addaction’s HOT team and RCHT was recently featured on ITV West Country News and the project is clearly thriving; with RCHT reporting a dramatic reduction in frequent attender numbers. The report was overwhelmingly positive and reflected the dynamic and innovative work being done in Cornwall to address the needs of some of our most vulnerable community members.

As a result of the HOT team’s success in Cornwall, the Government is now evaluating the project and considering delivering it across the country’s 50 major hospitals. This project is a great example of the collaborative work between the Commissioning team and Addaction, who continue to support a multi-agency response and service offer to individuals struggling with various vulnerabilities, including drug and alcohol related harm.

Author: Anna MacGregor

 

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Inspiring frontline practitioners

June 5th, 2019 by

Inspiring frontline practitioners and their managers about working differently with people who self-neglect – Safeguarding Adults Board conference May 23rd 2019

Focussing on Self Neglect, this year’s Safeguarding Adults Board Conference brought together 120 multi-agency frontline practitioners and their managers to hear from nationally recognised sector leads and be inspired by organisations who work differently, to celebrate some great work already happening in Cornwall and to learn together about what we can do differently in future.

SAB Chair, Fiona Field, opened the day with a poignant video ‘Keith’s Story’ the real life journey of a person affected by hoarding.

 

Delegates then attended workshops lead by renowned experts in their field; Clouds End, Research in Practice for Adults, Community Fire and Rescue Service and Ardent Care.

Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic Director Adult Social Care and Health, closed the morning session by acknowledging the way we worked with people historically is not the way we will work with people in future.

Professor Michael Preston-Shoot, Emeritus Professor of Social Worker, University of Bedfordshire,  delivered a thought provoking speech asking  delegates to look closely at the ‘masks’ we wear and to consider this in our work with people who self-neglect and hoard.  Dr Mary Rose Day, Independent Nurse Consultant, shared  the assessment tools she uses.

Other speeches included Lloyd Ncube of Ardent Care and a good news case story presented by  Angela King, Head of Service and Lin Cousin, Case Co-coordinator, Adult Social Care.  A short film of the day will be available soon on the SAB website.

 

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1521 staff trained

June 2nd, 2019 by

Community Safety & DAAT Training Programme 2018/19 End of Year Report

This report covers the 12 month period April 2018 – March 2019, during which time the following training courses have been delivered:
  • 18x Alcohol Intervention & Brief Advice

A total of 317 people attended and completed the 3 hour Alcohol IBA session in 2018/19.

In additional to this, there was 3 Alcohol IBA Health Check sessions run for specific teams which were attended and completed by another 24 people, making a total of 341 people in year.

  • 11x Basic Drug Awareness PLUS 1 Train the Trainer session 

A total of 222 people attended and completed the 1 day BDA course in 2018/19.

  • Train the Trainer – 1 day course – (Trainer: Kim Hager)

Developing the bank of trainers who can deliver our local course. Following the Basic Drug Awareness Train the Trainer session on 26th November 2018 we have an additional 6 trainers for this course.  All 6 trainee trainers were assigned to future BDA course dates to train alongside the existing trainers.  This has been attended by 4 trainees so far with plans to co-train again in future courses to build experience.

  • 2x Blue Light course 

A total of 36 people attended and completed the 1 day Blue Light course in 2018/19.

The Blue Light Project is Alcohol Concern’s national initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for people who are dependent drinkers, who resist change and are a high users of public services.

  • 14x Community Hospital Alcohol Detoxification (CHAD) training 

Between March 2018 and November 2018 work was carried out to identify and upskill Lead nurses within CFT to provide in-service leadership, training and development on the delivery of CHAD.

An initial Train the Trainer session was delivered on 30th January 2019 led by Angela Andrews.  Since then the above courses have been delivered by CFT nurses with DAAT and GP support.

A total of 106 people have attended and completed the CHAD training session in 2018/19 (this course is delivered annually for nursing competencies).

In addition, 2 Home Alcohol Detox training sessions have been delivered across 5 pharmacies, to enable them to support home detoxification from alcohol.

  • 4x Connect 5 Stage 1 Mental Wellbeing training 

Connect 5 is an evidence based collaborative prevention toolkit that promotes psychological knowledge, understanding and awareness and development of skills which empower people to take proactive steps to build resilience and look after themselves.

A total of 59 people attended and completed a Stage 1 Connect 5 course.  The subsequent Stage 2 and 3 will follow in 2019/20 programme.

  • 11x Dual Diagnosis courses 

This course is run specifically for mental health services and drug & alcohol service staff.  A total of 174 people attended and completed the 2 day Dual Diagnosis course in 2018/19.

Due to a number of requests and feedback we are looking to open the availability of this course to the wider training circulation in the 2019/20 programme.

  • 5x Mental Health First Aid courses 

A total of 76 people attended and completed the 2 day accredited Mental Health First Aid course in 2018/19.

No courses were delivered in Q4, due to the external accredited trainer moving out of county.  We are currently in the process of locating another trainer.

  • 10x Motivational Interviewing (general) 

A total of 195 people attended and completed the 1 day general MI course in 2018/19.

The DAAT have now brought the delivery of Motivational Interviewing course in-house, so we no longer require an external trainer to deliver.  Since October 2018, J

  • 7x Routine Enquiry into Adverse Childhood Experiences

A total of 137 people attended and completed the 1 day REACh training in 2018/19 (this course was introduced in Q3 of the programme).

The services that have attended and completed the REACh training in 2018/19 are DASV service staff, First Episode Psychosis Team, Young People Cornwall, Penhaligon Friends, Intercom Trust, Bosence Farm and Boswyns (including the YP Unit).

We will be organising an extra session for Young People Cornwall in June/July 2019 due to the number of staff still requiring the training.

  • 3x Time Credits and Supporting Asset Based Training 

Tempo Ltd are commissioned by DAAT to embed Time Credits into complex needs services (recovery, homelessness and Domestic Abuse) throughout the Area.  This training gives management and delivery staff an understanding of what to expect and how to utilise the currency in order to drive impact within client support planning in an asset-based approach.

A total of 42 people attended and completed the 3 hour Time Credits session in 2018/19 (this course was introduced in Q2 of the programme).

  • 11x Young People’s Substance Awareness and Screening 

A total of 133 people attended and completed the 1 day YP Screening course in 2018/19.

 

This is a total of 1521 staff in Cornwall in 2018/19.

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