Health Improvement Team

Brookvale Practice is a Community Health Improvement Practice!

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About the Health Improvement Team

The Halton Health Improvement Team is part of Halton Borough Council and offers a wide range of local, tailored services and initiatives designed to improve the health and wellbeing of local people in Widnes and Runcorn. We work with individuals and the community as a whole to understand what services are needed and how best to deliver them – be it in a community venue or through one-to-one visits.

We also work with local businesses and organisations to provide education and training services to help local people make healthy choices.

Each Practice has a dedicated Health Improvement Team Trainer that comes into the practice weekly and patients can book an appointment to access the services they provide. Our Health Improvement Team Trainer is Emily Laing and can be contacted on 0300 029 0029

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The services the Health Improvement Team can offer?


Weight Management – advice on diet, exercise and weight


Runcorn Sessions

Monday – The Heath Business Park – 10 - 11:30am

Wednesday – Fire Station – 10:30 – 12pm

Wednesday – Brooke Vale – 11 - 12:30pm

Thursday – Sandy Moore – 6 - 7:30pm


Widnes Sessions

Monday - St Johns -6 - 7:30pm

Tuesday - Ditton – 10:30 – 12pm

Wednesday - Ditton – 6 - 7:30pm

Thursday - Barkla Fields – 2 - 3:30pm – Over 55’s

Age Well

Exercise to help prevent falls


Monday  12pm and 2pm – Frank Myler, Widnes.

Friday  10:45 and 1:15pm – Castlefields Community Centre, Runcorn.


Yoga for Cancer

Anyone who has been affected or supported someone who is/was suffering.

Thursday – 1pm – Yoga Bank, Widnes.


Stop Smoking

Sessions held all over Halton on a daily basis, 121 can be made along with home visits.

A patient can be referred with an appointment or they can self-refer into our sessions by calling our team on 0300 029 0029.


Health Walks

Fresh start health walk in Widnes starting from St John’s Church.

A walk will be set up in Runcorn going from Castlefields. So can still take referrals for this and then as soon as it up we’d contact the client and arrange a start date.


Fit 4 Life

This service can help parents and carers to make small simple changes that have long lasting effects on them and their families.


Fit for life camps

Free fun session for children and families who want to get healthier or are concerned about weight gain. Run for 3 days during school holidays. Aimed at children 4-11 and their parent/carers.


Fit 4 life bite size

Aimed at parents and are short sharp sessions covering the topics that surround children’s lifestyle choices. Three workshops on offeR

  • Food industry
  • Lunch box
  • Sleep, screen, scream repeat.

A referral can be done by the HIT or patients can self-refer and direct on 0300 029 0029.



The National DPP provides a framework for diabetes prevention efforts

Long term aims are to:

  • Reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes
  • Reduce complications associated with diabetes – heart, stroke, kidney, and eye and foot problems related to diabetes
  • To reduce health inequalities associated with the incidence of diabetes.


So what there intervention is?

Achieving a healthy weight

Dietary recommendations

Physical activity recommendations


What it consists of?

Each varies - 13 session, with at least a 16 hours of face to face contact time which is spread across a minimum of 9 months. Each session will last about 1-2 hours long. Clients will be supported to set and achieve goals and make positive changes to their lifestyle in order to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.


Who it is for?

Anyone who has an HbA1c of 42-47 or a fasting glucose of 5.5-6.9


What are the referral routes?

So anyone who’s been recognized to have a raised HbA1c, through a health check/blood test, so if there bloods are raised instead of booking straight in for an IGR – we are to ring and give both options. If a client choose NDPP then it a referral would be made and sent off to Ingues themselves then they will contact the client.

Walking for Health

Get fit

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