Free Health Improvement Services

Healthy Weight, Stop Smoking, Alcohol and Drug support, NHS Health Checks, Mental Health, Sexual Health and physical Health

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Choose from the list of free Adult Health Improvement Services below and find the happy you

If you need some help to access any of these services or want to find out more then please contact the Healthy Hub Team who are here to help!

healthyhub@welhat.gov.uk or call 01707 357242


Stay in control this summer with the free drug and alcohol support services available in your area

Drug and alcohol support

Access to a range of early awareness, intervention and self-help resources and services. Three drug and alcohol service providers are currently commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) and work collaboratively to deliver holistic provision across the county.

Self help tools are available to support individuals to make changes to their alcohol or drug use. This include a free online CBT programme, behaviour change Infographics and free online training for professionals. 

Change Grow Live Spectrum (CGL) offers ongoing clinical interventions and recovery support for a wide range of lifestyle challenges. Treatments are tailored to individual needs by a range of professionals. 

CGL Spectrum CYP offers special support for families and young people under the age of 18. Services are delivered separately to the adult provision. 

The Living Room offers abstinence-based group therapy, support and rehabilitation for drug and other addictions. Treatments follow a structured programme based on the 12- step progress, including peer support. 

CGL online referral and self-referral form Change Grow Live Referral

CGL (CYP) online referral and self-referral form CGL Referral and Self Referral

The Living Room online referral and self-referral for Living room referral


Free weight management programme with Slimming World

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Local people will be able to access free specialist support for weight loss across Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire's two Clinical Commissioning Groups are pleased to offer adults access to free support for weight loss and weight management.

From 7th May 2022, Oviva in partnership with Slimming World will be delivering a 12-week adult weight management service which puts people in control of their health, providing information for people on how to best manage their weight and to help them make long-term changes to their lifestyle. This new adult weight management service includes group sessions in the community, which will be delivered by Slimming World, and a digital, remote programme, which will be delivered by Oviva. Adult weight management programmes provide diet, nutrition, lifestyle and behaviour change support to help people make sustainable changes to improve their longer-term health.

How to access the programme

People can be referred to this new weight management programme through their GP or can self-refer through the Oviva website.

Everyone wishing to join the programme will be contacted by Oviva to offer a Slimming World group close to where they live and if this does not meet their needs, then Oviva can provide support through their digital, remote programme.

About Slimming World

Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE in Derbyshire in 1969 and has become the UK and Ireland's leading weight loss organisation with more people choosing to attend a Slimming World group each week than any other weight loss programme. We support hundreds of thousands of people, both in our groups and online, to lose weight and to adopt new habits to stay slim for life.

Over the years our founding principles haven't changed:

Our unique programme is based on a powerfully motivating support system called IMAGE (Individual Motivation and Group Experience) Therapy. Underpinned by a deep understanding of the psychology of overweight people, and incorporating the most effective sustainable behaviour change techniques, IMAGE Therapy is designed to inspire and motivate slimmers to make positive changes and to develop new, healthier habits around food and activity.

Food Optimising is their healthy eating plan, based on the liberating concept of Free Food. They encourage their members to fill up on those foods that are naturally lower in energy density (calories per gram) and also highly satisfying while limiting foods that are highest in fat and sugar and are less satisfying, so they lose weight without ever feeling hungry or deprived and without having to weigh, measure or count everything they eat.

Their activity programme, Body Magic helps members to overcome any barriers around activity. Members choose when to start and they set the pace, finding activities they genuinely enjoy until the regular physical activity becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine.

Slimming World is proud to work with the NHS, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), The Royal College of Midwives and others to help shape the future of weight management in the UK and Ireland. More information about Slimming World.

Oviva

Oviva is a digital behaviour change provider of remote NHS services in over 80 NHS regions. Oviva combines 1-to-1 support from health coaches, weight management specialists, and psychologists, via its NHS Digital-approved smartphone app or telephone consultations.

Oviva offers 7 proven digital behaviour change programmes covering prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, tier 2 and 3 obesity and adult and paediatric nutrition. These are shown in published research to offer.


The Stop Smoking Service

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Providing weekly support for up to 12 weeks, advising on nicotine replacement therapy, e-cigarettes and other products. Eligibility Living or working in Hertfordshire or registered at Herts GP.

Contact: Hertfordshire Health Improvement Service (HHIS) by calling 0800 389 3 998 or 01442 453 071.

Text: SMOKEFREE to 80818.

Email:HealthImprovementService@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Speak to their GP surgery or local pharmacy to request a referral appointment.

 More information about the stop smoking service


If you are aged between 40 and 70 yrs then you could be eligable to have an NHS Health Checks

NHS Health Checks

NHS Health Checks are being offered to all eligible adults aged between 40 and 74 and living in Hertfordshire. These NHS Health Checks can be access once every five years.

The programme aims to improve health and wellbeing by promoting early awareness, assessment and management of the major risk factors and conditions driving premature death, disability and health inequalities.

More information can be found by visiting the NHS Health Check page

The NHS Health Check is a face-to-face consultation to assess an individual's risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

The healthcare professional will discuss results with you and offer advice and/or interventions where appropriate.

Eligibility Health Checks are available for Hertfordshire residents who are aged between 40 to 74, have not had an NHS Health Check in the last five years, and do not have any of the pre-existing conditions listed conditions.

To refer yourself or someone for a NHS Health Check contact the Hertfordshire Health Improvement Service (HHIS)

by calling 0800 389 3 998 or 01442 453 071 or email HealthImprovementService@hertfordshire.gov.uk


Free Mental Health Support Services

Mental Health

Hertfordshire is offering a range of support and services for all Hertfordshire residents with mental health difficulties or concerns. Crisis support, psychological therapy and other mental health services are available. 

The Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust (HPFT) Wellbeing Service offers confidential talking therapy and practical support for mild to moderate mental health issues such as stress and anxiety.

HPFT also offers access to a range of primary care mental health services as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative.

Mind in Mid Herts provides mental health and wellbeing services across St Albans, Stevenage, Hertford and Welwyn Garden City. 

Hertfordshire Mind Network provides mental health and wellbeing services across Bishop's Stortford, Borehamwood, Dacorum, Letchworth, Waltham Cross, Ware and Watford. 


Get your free self testing kits for sexual health across Hertfordshire

The aim of these services is to allow wider access to Sexually Testing Infection (STI) tests, treatment and contraception.

Order your free home-testing kits (no symptoms necessary) for syphilis, HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Services for Young People provides practical and emotional support to young people (13 - 21), plus access to free condoms, chlamydia testing and pregnancy tests.

To be elegible you must be living in Hertfordshire or registered at Herts GP.

You can self-refer or refer through your GP surgery.

To self-refer call the freephone number 0300 008 5522