On Friday 10 January Poynton Town Council received an NHS Bronze Self Care Award at a celebration ceremony held at Poynton Civic Hall.

The award is part of an enterprising programme by NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to promote the benefits of self-care throughout its local communities. The initiative aims to roll out key messages using specially trained self-care champions and are particularly targeting students and working populations. 

To achieve the criteria for the award the town council have made a significant step towards promoting self-care in their area.

Sharon Duke, Communities Co-Ordinator at Poynton Town Council said:

“Since undertaking the self-care campaign training I have delivered five self-care workshops at Poynton High School and over 150 pupils attended.

“Self-Care is about keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help, when to get advice from your GP or another health professional.

“It was great to see how engaged the pupils were in the workshop, it was a brilliant opportunity to provide them with the information and confidence needed for them to enable them to self-care.’’

Noreen Caldwell, Public Engagement Manager at NHS South Cheshire CCG said: 

“I’m really proud of the work that Poynton Town have done to achieve the NHS Bronze Self Care Award.

“It’s really important that we promote self-care as this provides people with the advice and support needed to treat minor conditions themselves or signpost them to the right care for their need.”

You can find out more about the Self Care Awards click http://www.southcheshireccg.nhs.uk/self-care/self-care/self-care-awards

If you are interested in becoming a self-care champion please contact Noreen Caldwell – noreen.caldwell@nhs.net or 01270 275286