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Essex Lifestyle Service. Commissioned from 1st April 2016 to deliver health and wellbeing services for the county of Essex (excluding Southend and Essex). Services include:

Base: 900 The Crescent, Colchester, CO4 9YQ

Contact telephone number: 0300 303 9988

Email: provide.essexlifestyles@nhs.net

Text: number to be confirmed

Website: www.essexlifestyleservice.org.uk

Clinic venues: Our service lead Ellen Van Gemmert has requested that as oppose to detailing our clinical sites, we simply list our services as being available at various community settings across the country. This way we will not have admin updates if clinics change unexpectedly and we can avoid service users turning up without appointment (this is something that has happened previously). Service users are encouraged to contact us  to obtain details of their closest clinic.

Health & Wellbeing Services

Commissioned by Essex County Council, the Essex Lifestyle Service provides free healthy lifestyle support for anyone living in Essex*. 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, 8 weeks Zyban medication or nicotine replacement products 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 best 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.

Contact details

The service is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday.

Call on: 0300 303 9988 or email: provide.essexlifestyles@nhs.net

For more information please view the Essex Lifestyle Service website.

* excluding Southend and Thurrock.

Sexual Health

Sex is an important part of people’s lives and relationships. Therefore, it’s important that everyone can talk about sex and seek advice or help if they have any concerns. Sexual health is all about enjoying the sexual activity you want without risking causing yourself or anyone else any suffering or harm. It is also about using contraception and avoiding sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - which are on the rise.

Making positive choices about contraception and sexual health is important, not just for your physical health but also for your general wellbeing.

Essex Sexual Health Service

On the 1st April 2016 Provide took responsibility for the delivery of a new Essex Sexual Health Service.

The Essex Sexual Health Service provides a free, confidential, non-judgemental service available to the people of Essex regardless of sex, age, ethnic origin and sexual orientation. The expertise of staff means everyone can expect appropriate, effective advice and care to benefit their sexual health.

Clinics are run by a team of doctors, nurses, support workers and offer the following services:

  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI's/STD's) in-clinic and on-line
  • Free condom supplies
  • Pregnancy tests
  • All forms of contraception
  • Emergency contraception/morning after pill
  • General sex advice, counselling and support

The service can be accessed without a GP referral and is open between 8am - 8pm, Monday – Saturday.  Clinics are held at different times and across a range of venues with both walk-in and appointment options are available.

For more information and the latest details of clinic times and locations, please visit the Essex Sexual Health Service website (www.eshs.org.uk)  or call the service’s intelligence centre on 0300 003 1212.

Walk in centres can often be busy and spaces are limited so please arrive early and allow plenty of time for your visit.

Please note: Sexual health services in Essex are commissioned by Essex County Council

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