Important Notice

Please note that the Mid and South Essex STP meeting in Maldon tonight has be been cancelled.

Due to the adverse weather the Plume Academy is closed  and we are unable to hold the event. We will seek to reschedule so please keep an eye on our website and social media.

Sincere apologies to anyone planning to attend.

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Weight Management

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Anglian Community Enterprise Lifestyle offer information on a range of services designed to promote health and wellbeing to residents in mid Essex. There are a range of services for adults and young people to help you better manage your weight and to suit your needs. The programmes are free and you can refer yourself.

My Weight Matters

My Weight Matters is a 1:1 weight management programme which takes place weekly in convenient community locations across mid Essex. The programme is avaliable free to people registered with a local NHS GP Practice and suitable for people who prefer an approach tailored to the individual. Longer term support is also avaliable, giving you the option to attend for weigh-in and motivational support.

The programme lasts for 12 weeks after this you can continue to drop in and share your progress towards a healthier lifestyle until you reach your target weight loss.

Under 18's

C.H.I.M.P.S (Child Health Improvement Sessions) is a free, informative and supporting programme for children at primary school and their families. C.H.I.M.P.S caters for children above a healthy BMI for their age.

For older children there is D.E.A.L (Diet Exercise and Lifestyle). This is a free, informative and supportive programme for children at secondary school and their families.

Both programmes cater for children who are above the healthy BMI for their age.

To access one of the above services call 0800 022 4524 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).


Please note: All Tier 2 weight management services are funded by Essex County Council


Sepsis leaflet

Sepsis: act quickly if you suspect a child may be suffering from sepsis

A sepsis campaign has been launched to help parents spot the symptoms to protect young children and save lives. Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of any infection.

Parents of children aged 0-4 are encouraged to take immediate action by going to A&E immediately or calling 999 if they spot any of the following symptoms: 

  • Looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Has a fit or convulsion

Acting quickly can save a child’s life!

For more information visit nhs.uk/sepsis or sepsistrust.org.

pdf Sepsis Leaflet (2.90 MB)

pdf Sepsis Poster (2.29 MB)

Essex Lifestyle Service

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The Essex Lifestyle Service was commissioned by Essex County Council from 1st April 2016 to deliver health and wellbeing services for the county of Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock). Services include:

Health & Wellbeing Services

The service offers Stop Smoking support, guidance on diet and exercise and help to improve your self-esteem. The service also offers classes to support people suffering with Long Term Conditions. In addition to the services provided, they can signpost people to appropriate support provided by partner organisations. See below for more information on each of the core services Essex Lifestyle Service offer.

Smoking cessation

Many smokers who want to quit aren’t sure where to turn, but getting advice and support from our friendly expert team will mean you are up to 4 times more likely to quit for good.

The service provides a free programme offering a maximum prescription of either 12 weeks Champix medication or 8 weeks nicotine replacement therapy, as appropriate. Your stop smoking adviser will support your attempt to quit for up to 6 sessions, on either a one-to-one community based programme, via telephone support or through our stop smoking app. Your advisor will offer behavioural and motivational support throughout the process and will assist you to reduce your reliance on the medication using a “weaning off” process.

Healthy eating support

The service support people on an individual basis, establishing what works for them and supporting them to reach their goals. The team give advice on food groups, portion sizes, food package labelling and physical activity. Eating healthily can help to reduce high blood pressure, cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.

Physical activity

Physical activity is a crucial part of health & wellbeing. In infants, it encourages use of muscles & helps to develop motor skills. It also helps to build social & emotional bonds. It improves cognitive development & enhances bone & muscular development. It also contributes to a healthy weight. For adults, being physically active can help with self-esteem, mood and contribute towards a healthy weight. It also helps reduce the risk of dementia.

The team will work with you to develop physical activity targets considering your health and any restrictions to your movement.

Long term condition support

Many people suffer with Long Term Conditions (a health problem that cannot be cured but can usually be controlled by medication and other therapies). Long Term Conditions can affect many parts of a person’s life, from their ability to work and have relationships, to housing and education opportunities.

Examples of Long Term Conditions include – high blood pressure, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arthritis. Provide offer Managing Health Courses for people living with Long Term Conditions. The course aims to help them take control of their health by learning new skills to help manage their condition better on a daily basis. The course covers many issues and topics faced daily including – Dealing with pain and extreme tiredness, coping with feelings of depression, relaxation techniques and exercise, communication with family, friends and health professionals and planning for the future.

Workplace Health

This free programme delivers health promotion advice and support services to small, medium and large workplaces in the private, public and voluntary sectors across Essex. We will work with your organisation to promote and foster an environment of health and wellbeing. We will train your staff to become Workplace Health Champions who will deliver a range of healthy lifestyle programmes and activities.

We work in partnership with a wide range of local employers and business support agencies including: local Councils, Hospital Trusts, Community Health Providers, Walking for Health, the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes groups and MacMillan Cancer Care, Active Essex and Living Safe and Well Board.

Social Prescribing

Social prescribing is helping people to make a positive change to their lives by linking them to voluntary and community groups and services that will help them to increase their confidence, meet new people and improve their general health and wellbeing. With Essex Lifestyle Service working with initiatives such as Essex Connects and Live Well in social prescribing, we can ensure that our clients will receive the services that will support them to make good lifestyle choices and maximise their emotional, practical and social wellbeing.

Accessing the Lifestyle Service

People can self-refer to the service by contacting the team on the details below. Clinics are held at various locations across the county, the team are also able to offer telephone appointments for those unable to attend a clinic.

To access this service call 0300 303 9988 (Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm).


For more infomation view the Essex Lifestyle Service website. 

Latest News

Streptococcus outbreak in mid Essex

The NHS in the mid Essex area is responding to a number of local cases of bacterial infections among elderly people receiving treatment for wounds in care homes and in their own homes.

To date there have been 32 cases of invasive Group A streptococcus (iGAS) in Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District and sadly 12 patients have died. There was also a single case in Basildon in 2018 and another in Southend in February 2019, however currently there appears to be no direct link between these cases and the cases in mid Essex.

An incident management team has been set up, led by NHS Mid Essex CCG, with input also from Provide Community Interest Company, Public Health England and support from NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a bacteria that can be found in the throat and on the skin and for many people will not cause any illness. Most Group A streptococcus infections cause relatively mild illnesses such as ‘strep throat’ (a sore throat), scarlet fever or a skin infection. There is an extremely low risk of serious infection to healthy people but on rare occasions, these bacteria can enter the body and cause severe and even life-threatening conditions. This infection is called Invasive Group A streptococcal disease (IGAS).

Additional infection control measures have been put in place to prevent the infection spreading.

Rachel Hearn, Director of Nursing and Quality, Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Our thoughts are with the families of those patients who have died.

“The NHS in Essex is working closely with Public Health England and other partners to manage this local incident, and extra infection control measures have been put in place to prevent the infection spreading in the area.

“The risk of contracting iGAS is very low for the vast majority of people and treatment with antibiotics is very effective if started early. We will continue to work with our partners in Public Health England to investigate how this outbreak occurred and take every possible step to ensure our local community is protected.”

Anyone who is worried can call a Freephone helpline on 03000 032124. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

Our website will be regularly updated with any further updates.


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Mid Essex primary care services to receive training in supporting LGBT patients

Mid Essex primary care services to receive training in supporting LGBT patients

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Pride in Practice is a quality assurance and social prescribing programme that supports healthcare professionals in meeting the needs of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) patients. Funding from the Government Equalities Office has enabled LGBT Foundation to pilot Pride in Practice in mid Essex to reduce health inequalities experienced by members of the LGBT community.

First established in Greater Manchester in 2011, Pride in Practice will offer free training, supported assessment and accreditation to GP practices within Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and respond to community feedback and address nationally-identified health inequalities.

Research shows that one in seven LGBT people avoid seeking healthcare for fear of discrimination from staff and almost one in four LGBT people have witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks against LGBT people by healthcare staff .

Through training, supported assessment and accreditation, Pride in Practice supports healthcare professionals to confidently and effectively meet the needs of their LGBT patients. Relationships between primary care services and patients is strengthened through increased knowledge, active signposting and adapting services provisions to be more inclusive. For example, Pride in Practice can give practitioners the confidence to:

  • support transgender patients beginning their transition

  • support gay and lesbian people wanting to adopt children

  • support the delivery of effective signposting and social prescribing for LGBT communities, linking services with a range of LGBT-affirmative local community assets

Dr Anna Davey, local GP at Chair of Mid Essex CCG said:

“We are delighted to support the LGBT Foundation in implementing Pride in Practice across mid Essex CCG and deliver inclusive care for LGBT people within general practice.

The LGBT Foundation has a fantastic track record for delivering this programme and I am looking forward to seeing the results over the coming months.”

Claudia Carvell, Business Development Manager Pride in Practice at the LGBT Foundation added:

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with mid Essex CCG and integrate Pride in Practice within their GP practices. Mid Essex is uniquely situated to support LGBT people living just outside Greater London, who would traditionally require extensive travel to get the support and healthcare that they need. We hope that working collaboratively with mid Essex CCG, Livewell link workers and the local LGBT community will enable GP services to be more inclusive, equitable and effective for both patients and healthcare professionals.”

For more information about Pride in Practice, visit the LGBT foundation.

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