Welcome to wellbeing
The Trust is keen to support people to take positive steps in managing their physical health because it is known that physical illness can affect mental health and people with mental health problems are also at increased risk of physical health problems.
To raise awareness among people who use our services, the Trust (in conjunction with Carers in Herts and Viewpoint) has produced a leaflet called “Your Physical Health”. To access the leaflet please click here
Normally your GP will monitor your physical health, however for some people it is easier for routine physical health checks to be performed by your mental health team. It is important for you and your carers to be clear about who is responsible for monitoring your physical health and for your mental health team consider your physical health needs at your care reviews. They may seek information from your GP about your health and regular medications and share information about your health with your GP.
In order to support our staff in their responsibility for assessing the physical health needs of people.The trust has produced a policy called 'Policy and Procedure for the Physical Assessment, Examination and ongoing Physical Care of Service Users'. The Trust also supports staff in carrying out their responsibilities by providing ongoing training in conjunction with the University of Hertfordshire. Click here for more information.
People with Learning Disabilities can face obstacles in accessing support for their physical health needs. This may be due to communication difficulties. In order to reduce this health inequality, Adult Care Services (ACS) in conjunction with a range of other stakeholders has produced The Purple Folder in 2010. 'My Purple Folder', is an individual health record, owned and held by the individual and is taken to every health appointment
‘My Purple Folder’ has been designed to help health care workers recognise the health and communication needs of people with a learning disability. If you would like a copy of My Purple Folder, please contact either: Jaya Hopkins via: Jaya.Hopkins@hertspartsft.nhs.uk 07775 860093 or
Brid Kelly via: Brid.Kelly@hertspartsft.nhs.uk 07768 171205
There is information available about physical health and activity, physical health and nutrition, physical health and smoking cessation from various organisations. The DOH has produced fact sheets on physical health and activity. This is divided in to activities for
Rethink has produced a physical health check form. Individuals may find it useful to complete and share in their Care Review or CPA meetings. To view the form click here
The Trust also works very closely with Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service (HSSS). If you would like help with quitting, please discuss with your care coordinator or contact HSSS via www.hertfordshire.nhs.uk or phone 01707 369550
HertsHelp is a network of community organisations working together across the county.
They can help you find the practical support, guidance and information you need to get the most out of life.
To use their online directory please click here
If you would like more information on health and wellbeing please contact: