HEALTHY KNOWSLEY - Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

I’m delighted to share with you that our Shared Lives and Supported Living service has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating following an inspection earlier this year from the care quality watchdog, The Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Knowsley’s Shared Lives and Supported Living service supports vulnerable people living in their own homes and recruits Shared Lives carers to share their homes with adults with support needs.

The inspection outcome is a fitting tribute to the dedicated and committed staff, as well as the positive impact these services have on our residents.

Inspectors rated the service as ‘Outstanding’ overall based on five categories - caring, effective, responsive, well-led and safe.

Inspectors praised the care and support provided and commented it was ‘truly individualised, flexible and responsive’, and how the provision had enhanced, enriched and changed people’s lives. Residents and families also commented that they felt listened to, valued and respected. Well done to everyone involved!

There’s a number of campaigns coming up next month including ‘Know you numbers’ encouraging residents to know what their blood pressure is and the steps they can take to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure. During week commencing 9 September, you can get your blood pressure taken in Volair leisure centres - find out when and where on

We’ll also be starting our flu vaccination programme in September, which is the best way to protect you and your family from flu.  If you’re pregnant, over the age of 65 years, have a long-term health condition or if you’re a carer, then you’re eligible for the free flu vaccine. 

Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people. You can help to prevent the spread of flu by washing your hands often with warm water and soap, use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze and bin used tissues as quickly as possible. Find out more by speaking to your GP, pharmacy or midwife or visit

Posted by on August 1st, 2019


HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

June is a busy month with Men’s Health Week running from 10-16 June and Clean Air Day on 20 June.

Men’s Health Week is a great opportunity to think about simple steps you can do to improve your health and feel good.

It’s the perfect time to make that appointment you’ve been putting off - have that mole or knee pain looked at or just get a general check up. Use Men’s Health Week to make that call and get an appointment with your GP or call in to your local pharmacy. It’s also an opportunity to get moving – go for a walk, swim or bike ride or join that gym that you’ve been thinking about for a while. Find out more about Men’s Health Week at

Clean Air Day (20 June) provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the important issue of air pollution, as well as the steps you can take to improve air quality both in your local area as well as your home.

We know that air pollution impacts on our health and wellbeing, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer (particularly lung cancer), diabetes and asthma attacks, but there are some simple steps we can all take to help reduce pollution, including:-

•  Leave your car at home and walk, cycle or take the bus
•  Switch off your engine when stationary
•  When upgrading your car, consider a low polluting alternative such as an electric or LPG model (which will also save you money on road tax too)
•  Save your log burner for the cold winter – consider Defra-approved stoves, use authorised fuel and only light your wood burner when you really have too
•  BBQs are often an overlooked source of air pollution. Use dry, seasoned wood or smokeless fuels
•  Open your windows when cooking or using cleaning products
•  Ensure you have your boiler regularly serviced

Further information about Clean Air Day and other ideas to help you minimise pollution can be found on


Posted by on May 31st, 2019


HEALTHY KNOWSLEY By Dr Sarah McNulty, Acting Director of Public Health


Many of you will have been affected by cancer at some point in your life - it could be yourself or someone you know who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer screening aims to detect the disease before symptoms appear and can saves lives, so whilst we all lead busy lives, attending a screening appointment when invited, is a priority. Screening includes:-

Cervical screening - offered to women aged 25-49 years every three years and every five years for those aged 50-64 years to detect changes to the cells of the cervix for any abnormalities that, if left untreated, may develop into cervical cancer.

Breast screening - offered to women aged 50-70 years every three years to help find breast cancers early, when they are too small to see or feel.  Women over 70 years can still be screened and can make an appointment through their GP surgery.

Bowel screening - offered to men and women aged 60-74 years every two years to check for bowel cancer or abnormalities before they become cancer. A home-testing kit will be sent out to you. Bowel scope screening is being rolled out to all men and women in England aged 55 years. This is a one-off test done to look for and remove any small growths called polyps, which if not removed, could eventually turn into cancer.

Of course screening cannot detect all cancers so it's also vital that if you are worried, then ask. Finding it early makes it more treatable so don't ignore it, tell your doctor. Some of the symptoms include:-
• Unexplained weight loss
• Skin changes - a mole changing size or shape
• Unusual bleeding, including coughing up blood
• Unexplained lump
• A cough or hoarseness or sore throat for three weeks 
   or more
• Stomach pain that has lasted more than a few weeks
• Change in usual bowel habits or persistent bloating
• Getting out of breath more easily

For further information visit

Posted by on April 4th, 2019


HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

The council is supporting the national drive to end period poverty, which research has shown is having a detrimental impact on pupil attendance.

This was recently debated at Council, where it was acknowledged that no Knowsley resident should experience period poverty and that we should do everything we can to ensure that access to sanitary products shouldn't be an issue.

My fellow Councillor colleagues were in full agreement that everyone can play their part and it was agreed that we will support the provision of free products in our schools, as well as council maintained buildings such as One Stop Shops and libraries, working with our partner agencies such as Red Box, to achieve this.  

In addition, we will be encouraging our local businesses to support employees who may be experiencing period poverty.  Finally, the council will be calling upon the Government to take action to address period poverty on a national level - similar to what has been achieved in Scotland   whereby access to sanitary products is a basic right, and products are provided free of charge to anyone in education.

The council has been successful in securing £372,000 from Public Health England's Innovation Fund, which will be used to support children of alcohol dependant parents, providing the right support at the right time and helping them reach their potential.

The funding will be used to train frontline staff to identify issues at an early stage, increase the capacity of the substance misuse service staff working with families, and invest in Knowsley Youth Mutual's 'Me Time' enabling more young people with alcohol dependent parents to take part in a range of fun activities, including dance, arts, music, volunteering and training opportunities, as well as ensuring they have access to support they may need too.

Posted by on March 4th, 2019


HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care


The start of a new year is a great time for us to reflect on our health and wellbeing and identify one or two goals we want to achieve that can have a positive impact on us - for example getting active or drinking less alcohol.

In Knowsley, you’re not alone as our Healthy Knowsley Service can support you to make small changes to your lifestyle that can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing. 

It’s available to anyone over the age of 18 years who live in Knowsley or are registered with a Knowsley GP.  The team can support you to eat healthy, become more active, lose weight, stop smoking, drink less alcohol as well as preventing diabetes. You can self-refer to the Healthy Knowsley Service by calling 0800 0731 202 or visit

In addition, you can talk to your GP or health care professional who can make a referral on your behalf.

Once the referral is received, a wellbeing advisor will contact you to discuss the options available to help you to achieve your goals. They will listen to how you want to make the changes and give you information on the services that can best support your needs. 

You will choose the support that you need and the advisor will then refer you to a specialist service or for you to see a health trainer.

If eating healthier is your goal, then eating more veg can help! The council is supporting a national campaign called Veg Power which encourages us all to eat more veg. 

They are low in fat and sugar and high in fibre and nutrients, so eating more veg is a great way to eat healthier and I’d encourage everyone to start eating more from today.  
Further information about the Veg Power campaign is available at

Posted by on February 1st, 2019


HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care


With the festivities approaching, it can be a time of very mixed emotions for people. Some relish this time of year, whilst others dread it due to a number of factors including financial pressures or feeling lonely.

The main thing is that help and support is available.

If you are worried about paying for Christmas and would welcome financial and budgeting advice, then the Citizens Advice Bureau can provide advice via a web chat, face-to-face or over the phone. Find out more at or call 0300 330 9008. Don’t feel pressured to over-buy - others may be in the same situation as you so stick to an agreed limit.

We can all play our part by ensuring any vulnerable neighbours or relatives know they aren't on their own - just a cup of tea or asking if they need any shopping or prescriptions picking up can make a huge difference.  There’s also lots of community groups across Knowsley who can inspire you to get out and about and meet new friends - find out more at

Also at this time of year, it’s so easy to over-indulge in food and drink. From mince pies to mulled wine, everyone has their favourite seasonal treat, which can be enjoyed in moderation. 

To help minimise your chances of indulgence turning into overindulgence and a January full of regrets, follow these simple steps:

•  Don’t starve yourself to save calories - this will result in you feeling hungry and consuming even more!

•  Practise portion control - some people find it helps to use a smaller plate.

•  Limit your alcohol intake by alternating alcoholic drinks with low-calorie soft drinks or water.  If you want a break from the booze in the New Year, you can sign-up to Dry January at

•  Keep in touch with friends and family (such as going for a walk) - it’s a good distraction too from food and drink! Remember that it’s not all or nothing - healthy living is all about balance and moderation.

I hope you enjoy the festivities and best wishes for the New Year

Posted by on December 4th, 2018


HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Councillor Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

With the darker nights drawing in and the colder weather looming, lots of people can start to pick up bugs, sniffles and coughs. But there’s lots we can do to ensure we feel ‘tip top’ and keep any illnesses at bay!

For example, if you’re aged between 40-74 years, you’re entitled to a free NHS Health Check. Your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia can be reduced by making small changes to your lifestyle.

Even if you’re feeling great at the moment, it’s worthwhile having your NHS health check as it helps to identify any potential risks early and importantly, what you can do to lower your chances of developing these health problems in the future. Contact your GP to book your appointment.

If you’re outside of this age range and are concerned about your health, make an appointment to speak to your GP.

Further information about the NHS Health Checks is available at:

Also at this time of year, it’s important you protect yourself (and your family) from the flu virus, which as you know can be incredibly nasty for a number of vulnerable groups. The vaccine is free to many people including pregnant women, people with long-term health conditions, over 65s and children aged 2 and 3.

Vaccination remains the best way to protect us all from flu this winter - speak to your GP to make your appointment today!

If you’re with a Knowsley GP, you can get appointments in the evening and weekends too! Ring your usual GP surgery and request an extended access appointment.  You’ll be offered an evening / weekend appointment at the most convenient time and location to you

Posted by on November 5th, 2018



This month our Know your Numbers roadshow is touring the borough offering you free blood pressure checks from 10 to 16 September.  

You can drop in to any of the events below to get your blood pressure checked for free and if there are any issues, such as a low or high reading, advice and support will also be available on how to address this:-

10 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-8pm - Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park
10 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-8pm - Northwood Community Centre
11 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-8pm - Kirkby Leisure Centre
12 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-8pm - Halewood Leisure Centre
13 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-7pm - Stockbridge Village Neighbourhood Centre
14 September - 8am-11am and 5.30pm-7pm - Prescot Soccer Centre

Blood pressure is the term used to describe the strength with which your blood pushes on the sides of your blood vessels as it’s pumped around your body.  High blood pressure (hypertension) can put a strain on your heart and blood vessels and over time this extra strain can damage your body’s organs, which can increase your risk of developing serious problems such as a stroke or heart attack.  Low blood pressure (hypotension) can cause dizziness and fainting.

A blood pressure check is the only way to find out if your blood pressure is too high or too low, because most people won't have any obvious symptoms.

To help you to manage a healthy blood pressure, there’s a range of ideas to help you, and your family, stay fit and healthy on our Healthy Knowsley website -

From quitting smoking, weight loss programmes and getting active, you’ll find a wealth of information on Healthy Knowsley. Plus, there’s information around debt, learning and working - all of which can have an impact on our health.

If you need support to help you make positive lifestyle changes, then you can be referred to a Lifestyle Advisor.  

It’s free and confidential to people living or working in Knowsley. Simply contact the Healthy Knowsley Hub on 0800 0731 202 or email: and they can advise you on specialist support services to meet your needs.


Posted by HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton on September 6th, 2018

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