Want to know more about... sessions

Want to know more about sessions are suitable for anyone with an interest in or responsibility for promoting health in Leeds. These short sessions cover a wide variety of Public Health topics and aim to develop professionals’ awareness and practice around the subjects covered.

At a typical 'Want to know more about ...' session you will:

  • learn how to identify the public health issue being covered
  • discover local services that are working to improve the issue
  • understand ways you can help, should you choose to

The sessions are free of charge and are presented by friendly and knowledgeable facilitators who are experts in their fields, including specialists from the Leeds Public Health team.

Upcoming sessions

Diabetes prevention

Tuesday 18 June 2024, 11am to 12 midday

In Leeds there are over 43,000 people who are known to be at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Groups at risk include those with a family history of type 2 diabetes, people over 25 of South Asian, African-Caribbean or Black African descent, people over 40, and people with lifestyle risk factors such as being overweight and having high blood pressure.

This online session will aim to help you find out more about diabetes prevention in Leeds and will be delivered in partnership by Leeds Public Health and Reed Wellbeing, the local provider of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. This session is suitable for anyone working or volunteering in community, health or social care settings with adults who could be at risk. 

The session will cover:

  • who is at risk of type 2 diabetes
  • diabetes prevention in Leeds
  • how people can find out if they're at risk
  • the support offered to help prevent type 2 diabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP)

This session will be delivered by Georgia Blaney, Public Health (Leeds City Council) and Reed Wellbeing.

Alcohol and illicit drug use in pregnancy

Tuesday 2 July 2024, 10am to 11am

Alcohol and/or illicit drug use in pregnancy is an increasing problem and can cause harm to the pregnant person and the unborn baby. Early intervention and treatment are essential to promote a healthy outcome for both.

This webinar is suitable for anyone with a professional interest in any or all of these areas and will enhance your knowledge when working with pregnant people and their families.

The session will cover:

  • effects of alcohol and/or illicit drug use during pregnancy to the pregnant person, baby, and the family
  • signs and symptoms of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • management and treatment during pregnancy and the postpartum period
  • ongoing support and strategies

This session will be delivered online by Nicola Goldsborough, Advanced Health Improvement Specialist (Maternity and Infants), Children and Families team, Public Health (Leeds City Council) and Alex Whincup, Lead Specialist Midwife in Addictions/NMP Addictions Plus – Pregnancy (Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust).

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Wednesday 10 July 2024, 1pm to 2pm

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when medicines used to fight infections lose their effectiveness because the organisms they target have evolved or acquired adaptations to survive.

AMR is a growing problem; in 2019, it was directly responsible for about 1.27 million deaths globally and by 2050, the UN estimates that this number could rise to 10 million deaths per year. Sustained action is urgently required to curb inappropriate use of antibiotics, the main driver of AMR.

The webinar is suitable for anyone who has contact with the general public; whether you work in health and social care, education, early years or someone who works or volunteers in the community.

This session will cover the following:

  • what is Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)?
  • why is it a significant problem?
  • what is being done to help reduce it?
  • what can we all do to contribute?

This session will be delivered online by Martyn Cutts, Advanced Health Improvement Specialist, Leeds City Council, Public Health and Dr Gaye Sheerman-Chase, Principal Medical Adviser for Medicines Optimisation, Leeds ICB.

Walk it Ride it Project

Wednesday 17 July 2024, 10am to 11am

The Department for Transport has funded Leeds City Council to deliver an Active Travel Social Prescribing project for 3 years focusing on the Burmantofts, Harehills and Richmond Hill (BHR) parts of Leeds.

The aim is to provide more opportunities for people to access walking, cycling and wheeling provision within BHR. We have been working closely with healthcare staff and the third sector to embed the project as part of their everyday work.

The webinar will cover:

  • What ‘Active Travel’ means and how we are working with partners and stakeholders on this
  • the work we have been implementing within healthcare and the community to increase the awareness of walking, cycling and wheeling and how we want to sustain this long term
  • details of the 3 urban trails we plan to implement within the ward to improve the environment and encourage people to come out into their local community

This online session is not only suitable for healthcare professionals and third sector workers within BHR but also those involved with wider public health work across the city. In addition, if you work in physical activity or have an interest in walking, cycling and wheeling it will be beneficial.

This session will be delivered by Walk It Ride It Officers, Nick Millington and Emma Dobson from Active Leeds.

Want to know more about... films

Some of the 'Want to know more about…' sessions are recorded and published to YouTube.

You can watch recorded webinars and other training films on the Leeds Public Health Training playlist on YouTube External link, at a time that is suitable to you. If you attended a session that was recorded, this is where it will be published.

Leeds Public Health training playlist

Delivering a want to know more about… session

If you are interested in delivering a 'Want to know more about...' session to raise awareness of a particular public health issue or service, please contact us at phforall@leeds.gov.uk for a discussion.

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