Gain a Free Qualification in English or Maths!


Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service and Welwyn Hatfield Council invite you to take a FREE course in English or Maths

The English course starts:
Tuesday 12th September for 20 weeks (avoiding school holidays)
Time: 12.30 to 3.00 pm
At: Hatfield Housing Office

Click here to view details of the English course

The Maths course starts: 
Wednesday 13th September for 20 weeks (avoiding school holidays)
Time:  12.30 to 3.00 pm
At: Pomegranate Café, Woodhall Lane, WGC

Click here to view details of the Maths course

To book or for more information please contact Fiona Plumridge at Welwyn Hatfield Council on 01707 357733 or email

SEPTEMBER Walking in Hertfordshire e-Bulletin

Explore all that Hertfordshire's green spaces have to offer this month

September to December 2017 Health Walks programmes now available

Check out the September to December 2017 Health Walks programme, now available online. Paper leaflets are also widely available from your local library and GP surgery.

To get involved all you have to do is turn up! You can also register online before your first walk.

For a little extra motivation, visit the Hertfordshire Health Walks Facebook page to read our walker and volunteer testimonials.

Become a Health Walks Ambassador for your local area!

CMS is looking for passionate and self-motivated individuals to join our team as Health Walks Ambassadors.
Perhaps you are a keen walker already or have participated in Health Walks for some time but leading walks isn’t for you.
We need people who can be the face of Hertfordshire Health Walks in their community, helping with a variety of awareness-raising activities and promotion.
Interested? For a full role description please get in touch by emailing or call 01992 588433 to discuss.

Explore local green spaces with the new ParksHerts app!

Whether you want to lose yourself in tranquil surroundings, take on the challenge of exciting outdoor activities or just soak up the scenery and do a bit of wildlife-spotting, Hertfordshire’s green spaces have it all. ParksHerts is a mobile first web application that allows you to discover over 100 of the best parks and open spaces across Hertfordshire complete with interactive maps, walking, running and activity routes and thousands of points of interest.

FREE outdoor events in Hertfordshire

Walks and More is a programme of FREE outdoor events in Hertfordshire. Why not broaden your knowledge of local history, discover wildlife, explore new areas or even get stuck in with some practical habitat management. Visit the Walks & More website for all events this September


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If you or someone you know is dealing with a cancer diagnosis or is receiving cancer treatment, then Move More Herts can offer support to keep you active and resilient on your journey through treatment and beyond. You can receive 12-weeks fully funded and bespoke exercise sessions (for you and a plus one!) and up to a year of contact with a Cancer Rehab qualified instructor. To enquire email or visit the Move More Herts website. The programme is accessible for any adult (18–80+) in Hertfordshire with a current or past history of cancer and regardless of current activity levels or comorbidities.

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This e-Bulletin is produced by the Countryside Management Service, part of Hertfordshire County Council. If you know someone who might like to receive this e-Bulletin, please ask them to sign up via Update Me on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

We love to hear your comments and see your pictures of the walking events you take part in. Please email

Mind Survey Finds Men More Likely to Experience Work-Related Mental Health Problems

New research from last year’s Workplace Wellbeing Index staff surveys show that men are twice as likely to have mental health problems due to their job, compared to problems outside of work.

This suggests that although men are more likely to have mental health problems because of their job, women are more likely to open up and seek support from their line manager or employer.

We’re calling on organisations to sign up to our Workplace Wellbeing Index this year, to find out how your staff really feel about their mental health at work, and give organisations the opportunity to learn how to improve and how best to support their staff.  

Sign up to our 2017/18 Workplace Wellbeing Index by 15 September 2017.

Click here for further details on the press release.

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Do you give care to a child whose parent has a mental health problem?

Can you help with some research?

When a parent has a mental health problem, other family members often step in to help to look after their child when they are unwell. We are looking to speak to those other family members. They might be the child's other parent, stepparent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, etc. We would not be interviewing the parent with mental health problems themselves.

Please click here for more details about this research

If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, please contact Rebecca Bishop at or by telephone on 07900 084774.

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#HertsOneYou week

It’s #HertsOneYou week and inspirational residents from across Hertfordshire are sharing stories of their own personal fight back to a healthier lifestyle. 

By the time we reach our 40s and 50s many of us will have dramatically increased our chances of becoming ill later in life. Whether we are eating the wrong things, drinking more than we should, continuing to smoke despite everything we know, or just not being active enough, all of these small things can add up to an unhealthy you.

Caroline Penn was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a year ago. Read how she overcame her anxieties about taking up new activities and is now beating the condition with exercise.

Read more stories here 


Find out how you can improve your health and happiness by visiting or completing a short health quiz.

Taking Charge of your Health, Introducing ‘Integrated Personal Commissioning’

We are looking for representation from people and their carers living with a long-term condition (such as diabetes, asthma, Parkinson’s etc). We’re also looking for representatives from voluntary and community sector groups and organisations to also join us and give their views.

The event will explain the introduction of a new programme of work called ‘Integrated Personal Commissioning’ to Hertfordshire and we need your ideas and views to help with this programme. 

If you’d like to attend this event, then please register so that we can order the right amount of food.

10am/10.30am-12.30pm, Tuesday 8 August, St Andrew’s Centre, St Andrew Street, Hertford.

10am/10.30am-12.30pm, Wednesday 9 August, The Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans.

You can register at the Hertford event:

You can register at the St Albans event:

Hertfordshire is beginning to introduce a NHS England programme called 'Integrated Personal Commissioning' (IPC).

Integrated Personal Commissioning is basically a way of joining up health, social care and other resources to put the person in greater control of their health and the services they require. IPC supports the improvement, integration and personalisation of services, building on learning from 'personal budgets' in social care and driving bold expansion plans for personal health budgets.

We want to invite you to find out more about the IPC programme in Hertfordshire, and more importantly, contribute your ideas as to how the programme can develop and become used in the county,

We are holding two key engagement events in areas (one in Hertford and one in St Albans) and we particularly want people who are living with long term conditions (and their carers) to come along with their ideas, but also representatives of the voluntary sector and community to contribute their ideas and thoughts.

The event will start at 10.30am and a sandwich lunch will be provided from 12.30pm which you're welcome to stay on for.

If you'd like further details on either the IPC Programme, or the events themselves, then please get in touch with us on: 01707 685 397 or email:

Engagement – Hertfordshire Community Trust (HCT)

The Clinical Commissioning Groups in Hertfordshire (CCGs) are the organisations responsible for planning and paying for local health care and making sure that residents receive good care.

The CCGs want to hear your views about some difficult decisions on how they spend the money available to the local NHS.

You can see the document and complete the survey here.

#NHSLetsTalk public consultation

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Centre for Mental Health Summer e-bulletin 2017

Against the odds

How could young African Caribbean men’s resilience be improved? Why is it that as children, black boys’ mental health is no worse than that of white peers, but during adulthood they are far more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia or detained under the Mental Health Act?

Three Birmingham-based projects aimed to improve young black men’s resilience. Our evaluation sought to ascertain whether the programme was successful, and what elements were especially effective.

Against the odds was launched in Parliament on 5 July and has received significant attention from key decision makers, media and commissioners. Learn more about young black men’s mental health and how their resilience can be improved.

Walking in Hertfordshire e-Bulletin

Welcome to the AUGUST Walking in Hertfordshire e-Bulletin.

Explore all that Hertfordshire's green spaces have to offer this month.

Share your Hertfordshire Health Walks snaps

A great photo has the power to inspire and motivate other potential Health Walkers out there! So, if you're a budding photographer or simply enjoy snapping away while you walk - we'd love to see your pictures.
Over 60 Hertfordshire Health Walks take place every week across the county, so there is plenty of opportunity to explore and capture your walks on camera!
Please share your favourite walking, wildlife and countryside snaps with us by emailing, tweeting or posting to our Facebook page.

NEW! Health Walks in Bishop’s Stortford

Try one of our new taster Health Walks in Bishop’s Stortford, in and around Castle Park. We're looking to establish regular walks from 30-minute ‘First Steps’ walks through to 90-minute Grade 4 walks. Lengths of walks and times are to be determined so follow the Castle Park project on Facebook & Twitter for up to date information.

August 18 – daytime walk
August 24 – daytime walk
August 29 – evening walk
September 3 – morning walk
Register your interest by emailing

Thank you to our Rights of Way Surveyors

The newly trained CMS Rights of Way Volunteer Surveyors have been doing a fantastic job, undertaking an ‘Ease of Use’ survey of some of Hertfordshire's paths. In time this will generate tasks for new, self-sufficient, practical Rights of Way volunteer groups who will undertake maintenance work to enhance public access. We are keen to hear from anyone interested in joining one of these friendly teams as a driver from the CMS base in Hertford - using our vehicles to transport tools for tasks across Hertfordshire.
Find out more by emailing

FREE outdoor events in Hertfordshire

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Walks and More is a programme of FREE outdoor events in Hertfordshire. Why not broaden your knowledge of local history, discover wildlife, explore new areas or even get stuck in with some practical habitat management. Below is just a taster of the events we have in the Walks & More programme. Visit the Walks & More website for full details.

Chorleywood House Estate Discovery Walks

Tuesday August 8, 10.30am-12.30pm

Bring your family on a fun filled tour of the Local Nature Reserve at Chorleywood House Estate. The meadows will be buzzing with busy bees and you can meet the grazing cows which help to conserve these important grasslands. Investigate the invertebrates that live in the River Chess and become a history detective to find evidence of the Estate’s rich past. Please book in advance

Batty about Southern Country Park 

Tuesday August 22, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Join Countryside Management Service on a guided walk around Southern Country Park. We will look out for nocturnal wildlife in the park and hopefully spot a few bats along the way. Bring a torch or a bat detector if you have one. Please book in advance.

Discover Beautiful Bugs and Butterflies at Oxhey Woods

Thursday August 24, 10.30am-12pm

Join us for a family friendly walk around Oxhey Woods to learn about some of the interesting bugs, butterflies and other creatures that call this this important Local Nature Reserve home. We will also talk a little bit about some of the important conservation management activity that takes place here

Final thought

This e-Bulletin is produced by the Countryside Management Service, part of Hertfordshire County Council. If you know someone who might like to receive this e-Bulletin, please ask them to sign up via Update Me on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

We love to hear your comments and see your pictures of the walking events you take part in. Please email



NHS England Gender Services Consultation

Gender services consultation launched

NHS England has launched a consultation on gender identity services. The consultation is seeking discussion and feedback around two proposed service specifications for adult gender identity services (people 17 and above). The service specifications are based on engagement with the trans community and clinical experts and describe new proposals for patients who are looking for support and/or treatment. As well as giving feedback through an online survey, there are a number of opportunities for people to get involved in the discussions throughout the 90 day consultation.

Staying informed about the consultation

If you would like to stay informed about NHS England’s work on gender identity service, you can register as a stakeholder of the Gender Identity Clinical Reference Group.

NSUN 17th July 2017

New Leaf College courses in July - sign up now!

We have lots of FREE courses for you in July! Sign up for yours now at

  • Borehamwood – Daring to Dream
  • Hatfield – Daring to Dream, Living Skills, Understanding Self-Management, Using Creativity for Wellbeing
  • Letchworth – Coping With Pressures of Daily Living, Using Creativity for Wellbeing, Learning for Your Wellbeing
  • Stevenage – Daring to Dream, Learning for Your Wellbeing, Using Creativity for Wellbeing
  • Ware – Learning for Your Wellbeing, Living Skills
  • Watford – Coping With Pressures of Daily Living

New Leaf College Team

Tel 01442 864966

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Local NHS Spending 'Lets Talk' Online consultation

We are planning to launch a public engagement exercise to seek the views of local people on future spending plans. 

Our board have now agreed a set of proposals upon which to consult local people and we now have a firm date for the start of our consultation: Monday 3 July. We are running this programme alongside East and North Hertfordshire CCG (ENHCCG). It is called ’NHS let’s talk’.

As a reminder: in recent months we have been exploring options for reducing our spending in response to growing financial pressures. There is a gap between the money coming in to pay for health and social care and what we need to spend in order to meet the needs of a growing, ageing population with more complex needs. This means that Herts Valleys CCG must make savings of around £45m in the coming year.

Across the wider area covered by the STP (sustainability and transformation partnership) the financial shortfall, if we don’t take any action, is estimated at £550m over the coming four years.

To tackle these challenges, we have been developing proposals to reduce spending overall.  Wherever we can, we are trying to make changes in ways which won’t affect services. For example, we are:  cutting administration costs; closely analysing all our lines of expenditure comparing our costs to those that other CCGs incur for similar things; and working with organisations that directly provide services to deliver best value for money.

These measures won’t cover the whole deficit and so we need to look at what we spend on some services. Our focus will be on protecting funding for those services which have the biggest impact on the health of our population.

Our proposals have been informed by a survey, carried out earlier this year, to ask residents what they thought our spending priorities should be.  This showed that people think it’s important to prioritise treatments that deliver lasting health benefits and improve patients’ quality of life and to make the best use of local NHS resources.

In line with this feedback and following detailed discussions with our lead GPs, we are considering changing access to some services, reviewing criteria for some treatments and doing what we can to help people to lead healthier lifestyles and take better care of themselves and families so that they rely less on the NHS. Doctors, who make up the majority of people on the CCG board, have been heavily involved in developing the proposals. This will help to ensure that good clinical practice is paramount in our considerations.

Our consultation – being undertaken in partnership with ENHCCG - is about:

·         Tightening up existing rules so that people who smoke or whose weight is classified as ‘obese’ are required to make bigger improvements to their health before non-urgent surgery – unless a longer wait for surgery would be harmful

·         Stopping the availability of NHS- funded IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and specialist fertility services, unless in exceptional circumstances

·         Limiting the routine prescription of food supplements, as well as medicines and products that can be bought without prescription for short-term conditions and minor ailments

·         Restricting the prescribing of gluten-free foods

·         Stoppingroutinefunding of female sterilisation procedures

·         Stopping routine funding of vasectomies (this proposal would only affect patients registered with a GP in the Herts Valleys CCG area)

We will be working with Healthwatch, patient groups, local community organisations and special interest groups to encourage as many people as possible to contribute their views.  We are holding public events and drop-in sessions, attending community meetings and running an extensive social media campaign. The easiest way to find out more and give us your views is by completing the online questionnaires at

The feedback we get will help inform our decision-making about these proposals.

We look forward to your joining us in this important local debate.

With kind regards,

Dr Nicolas Small, Chair of Herts Valleys CCG

Kathryn Magson, Chief Executive Officer, Herts Valleys CCG