Health Exchange has been working in Birmingham since it was founded and currently offers five services around the City:
Birmingham Health Trainer Service
Our Health Trainer Service is one of our core offers and involves recruiting and training local people to deliver advice about health and wellbeing to others in their communities. This is a non-clinical service, but rooted in NHS guidelines for prevention and management of a range of lifestyle-related illnesses and conditions. We are funded by Birmingham City Council to provide a service of wellbeing and lifestyle support to its residents, with specific emphasis on targeting vulnerable groups (homeless, ex-offenders, substance misusers, victims of domestic abuse). In order to fulfil this contract, we have formed strong partnerships with GP surgeries and community organisations throughout the City, using these relationships to generate referrals onto the service.
Breastfeeding Peer Support
Since 2011, we have been working in partnership with maternity wards at Heartlands, Birmingham Women’s and City Hospitals to support the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding amongst new mothers.
Living Well, Taking Control: Pre Diabetes
With partners, we have developed a unique approach to helping people at risk to avoid developing Type 2 Diabetes. We call it Living Well, Taking Control: Pre-diabetes and are currently trialling the programme with patients in Birmingham on behalf of the South Central Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). We are working with 30 General Practices which are referring those patients deemed to be at high risk onto the service.
Living Well, Taking Control: Type 2
Health Exchange’s Type 2 programme is designed to be educational, but in a relaxed environment. Participants discuss various aspects of their lives that could be adjusted to bring about better health.
The group meets for four weekly sessions, which cover a range of topics related to both managing and de-escalating their condition.
Feel-Good Mental Wellbeing Support
Our Feel Good Psychological Wellbeing Service adopts a ‘feel good model’ to promote a sense of wellbeing at initial contact and throughout the case formulation, support and exit strategies. We offer counselling and various other modes of support.