Live Longer Better in Cornwall – summer update

Mental Health Support

Talking therapies at the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Improving Access to
Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service can support a range of needs.

Their team of trained therapists and wellbeing professionals are there to provide
support for people from the age of 16 who are registered with a GP in Cornwall.  

They can help people learn ways to get their life back on track.

The service can be accessed through your GPs. Alternatively, a self-referral can be made via their website or by calling 01208 871905 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Worried about someone else’s mental health? Call 0800 038 5300. t’s free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

10 Year Approach to Physical Activity

The Public Health team in Cornwall is investing in a refreshed approach to physical activity focusing on tackling inequalities in participation in activity and movement.  The issue of physical inactivity is complex and we are unlikely to make significant shifts in behaviour change at a population level if we keep doing what we always do. 

This refreshed approach builds from the solid foundations created through the previous physical activity strategy that recognised that the way to overcome the barriers is to focus on outcomes and work in collaboration with partners from across the system who recognise the value of physical activity as part of a solution to helping them achieve their outcomes.
Our start point is from an understanding that physical activity behaviours and inequalities emerge from a set of localised conditions that are specific to the individual, the lives they lead and the unique interactions they have with the people, organisations and places around them. 

In other words, it is often the conditions into which people are born and the system in which they live that are the biggest determinant to how physically active an individual is likely to be. 

Instead of trying to ‘fix’ the individual by delivering short-term off the shelf interventions to them, focus turns to understanding and positively affecting the systemic causes by working in and with their bespoke eco-system to bring about change.
The work is being led by a small group of individuals from across the system and our approach is underpinned by the principles and approaches of Human Learning Systems (Human Learning Systems.  The aspirations and ideals embraced by the Live Longer Better Program support our overall strategic approach to physical activity and we will look to embrace the learning generated from the integration of LLB into the ICS into our overall learning for this work alongside other pilot work currently underway.
If you would like to learn more about the 10 year approach and the work of the system group, please do reach out and contact Ali Wills (

Learning with Experts – testimonials!

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This nationwide programme is designed to reset how we all think and talk about ageing. 

It’s vital we spread the word that growing old is not a reason to slow down our mental, physical and cognitive ability! 

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“With many partners now involved in supporting people to age well, finding a common language that resonates with everyone is not easy. Enter the Live Longer Better movement. It’s core messages and themes have provided us with a language that we are now embedding into our innovative Ageing Well Education and Training programme in Cornwall. This programme was created in response to the NHS’s ageing well priorities and the increasingly complex needs of older people in the community. It aims to create a proactive and versatile workforce equipped with the skills and confidence to support people to age well, no matter what their age. As Muir would say, ‘The elixir of life is knowledge’!”

Marie Prior, Clinical Lead for Frailty and Ageing Well, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.’
“The live longer better videos are a brilliant resource! I would recommend anybody working in health and social care to watch them. The messages are aimed at older people but I think it is important to be aware of them in earlier life too. Inspiring and motivating – be part of the revolution to help us all live longer better!!”

 Gemma Foley, Care home support dietitian, NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group

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