Self-Care Week: 18-24 November 2019

Winter’s the time when illnesses such as sore throats, colds, coughs and stomach bugs become more common. If you’re generally quite healthy, you can usually treat these illnesses at home with rest and over the counter medications.

During Self-Care Week (18 – 24 November), the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are sharing a series of animations that give basic advice for treating common ailments, together with more detailed advice online.

Self-care is not the same as no-care, and the local resources and website offer simple practical steps to help you feel better and recover as soon as possible. You can also get advice on how long you can expect to feel ill for and when you should seek medical attention.

You can also view and download a locally produced booklet – the Good Health Guide – with comprehensive self-care advice plus information on the NHS services that help prevent ill health, such as immunisations, and services that can detect early signs of illness. These include NHS Health Checks and screening programmes for certain types of cancer, which can help to find them at an early stage, when they are easier to treat.

Lookout for the hashtag #SelfCareWeek on Twitter and Facebook this week. The Good Health Guide can be downloaded from your local NHS Self-Care website.

To view the communications toolkit click here.

News from Easy Read Online

New easy read information

We have recently been making easy read documents that would be interesting to many people with learning disabilities. Please help to make these more widely known by passing this email on to colleagues who work with people who have difficulty in reading.

Please share this with other people who you think may be interested in this work.  If you are a young person and want to complete the questionnaire but need some support to do it, ask someone you know to help you.

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill is now law

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill has now been given the Royal Assent. We made an easy read version of the Bill to help people with learning disabilities to understand more about this important law. Click here to download the easy read version of the bill.

The BBC is looking for young musicians

The BBC is looking for young people to apply to be ‘Young Musician 2020’. This is a great opportunity for young people. The BBC is keen to get applications from young disabled musicians.  We created this easy read application pack for them. Click here to download it.

What folk said about giving people the right to have an integrated personal budget

The NHS has been looking at whether people should be given the right to have a personal health budget or an integrated personal budget which would cover both health and social care needs. There was a consultation document earlier this year. Recently they wrote a report to tell us what people said in the consultation. We made an easy read version of this report for them. Click here to download it.

Preparing for Adulthood Questionnaire

We have prepared a short questionnaire to help us start our conversation with you.  You can complete the online questionnaire or you can ask us for a paper copy that you can print out.  Just tell us what’s best for you by calling 0116 305 0232 or emailing us at

To view the Easy Read version click here.

To view the online survey click here.

If you are a young person and want to complete the questionnaire but need some support to do it, ask someone you know to help you.

We’d like you to complete and return the questionnaire to us by Monday 8 July but if you can’t, just send it back to us as soon as you can.

Learning Disability health promotion event

We are excited to invite you to an Learning Disability Health Promotion Event for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, which will take place during Learning Disability Week on:

Date: Friday 21st June

Time: 12.00-4.00pm

Venue: The BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue, Leicester LE3 1LE

Click here to see the poster.

NHS drop-in sessions

NHS partners will be visiting public venues in Shepshed and Blaby in March to discuss proposed improvements to the healthcare that patients receive in hospital, at home and in the local community.

The drop-in sessions will be held on:

Monday 18th March 2019, 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Shepshed Library, Hall Croft, Shepshed, LE12 9AN

Thursday 21st March 2019, 10.00 – 4.00pm, Blaby Library, Lutterworth Road, Blaby LE8 4DW.

The public can just drop-in for a chat and have a look at informative displays that include plans that could see significant investment in the outdated acute hospital estate in Leicester that will significantly improve services for the benefit of the local population. People will also be able to talk to representatives from NHS partner organisations about what matters most to them about NHS services.

They can also hear about the progress being made to keep more people well and out of hospital and provide better care in a crisis, as well as discussing the changes that will deliver more care close to home – particularly for those people who have one or more long term condition and those in need of high quality specialist care.

Further information on the work of the NHS can be found by visiting the Better Care Together website – the partnership site for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland