Useful Web Linkslogo

Recommended by the NHS

Colour Your Life:
This service provides access to activities for the improvement of mental health and the development of emotional resilience. The courses available are all about unlocking the skills and talents of local people and raising awarness of the assets in your local communities that keep you well.
Colour your life offers:

  • Art on prescription
  • Learning on prescription
  • Books on prescription
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Ecotherapy
  • Time banks

Please click on the link for more information

Common Childhood Illnesses:
A guide for parents and carers of children aged birth – 5 years

DOH
Department of Health National health policies, guidance and campaigns.

DDES CCG
NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group is a statutory body responsible for purchasing a range of healthcare services on behalf of local people.
2013/14 Prospectus | 2013/14 Commissioning Intentions

FAST
By diagnosing the possibility of stroke before reaching hospital, it is possible for appropriate referral to a stroke unit to be made as quickly as possible

Health Care Commission
The Commission is the independent regulator of the NHS in England and it publishes a range of information on the quality of services provided by the NHS, including annual performance ratings for all NHS trust

Med Info
Provides free and easy-to-understand medical information and advice

N.A.P.P [National Association for Patient Participation]
NAPP promotes and supports patient participation in primary care. Groups are an effective way for patients and GP surgeries to work together to improve services and to promote health and improved quality of care. PPGs are making a real difference across the UK. Join N.A.P.P and benefit from support to your practice and PPG.

NHS 24
Confidential health advice and information service for Scotland

NHS in England
Health information for England only, including how to find a local service in your area

Patient UK
The aim of this website is to provide non-medical people in the UK with good quality information about health and disease

South Durham Health
delivers health services to patients across both localities and provides support, training and education to its member practices.

The Royal Marsden Hospital
patient information leaflets, providing information about different types of cancer – includes children’s cancers

County Durham Local Offer
Does your child or somebody you know have special education needs or a disability? You may find this link useful: See below:

The ‘Local Offer’ provides a wide range of information for families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)0-25 years available, click on the following link:
http://www.countydurhamfamilies.info
or if you google ‘County Durham Local Offer’ on any search engine. This information provides details of all services, including health provision, support and advocacy that may help you or your child as they progress from birth to 25 years old, during their time in education.

What information is included in the Local Offer?

It includes:

  • sources of support, advice and information
  • education, health and care provision
  • arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people with SEN
  • how services can be accessed (including eligibility criteria) and how decisions are made
  • arrangements for supporting children and young people move between school phases
  • services to support young people in preparing for adulthood and independence
  • leisure activities
  • arrangements for disagreement resolution, complaints, mediation and appealing to the SEN Tribunal
  • information on the review and development of the Local Offer itself

How to use the Local Offer

To find what you need, you can select a topic or age category. You can also search by keyword(s) and/or postcode/location. You can narrow (filter) results, show results on a map, or even add results to a shortlist to tailor them to your child and family’s needs. Further details about your search can be found in the more information area. Local Offer help videos are also available in English, العربية, 普通話, Polski

Can’t find what you are looking for?

Visit the ‘For families’ section which has additional information and services. If you still can’t find what you are looking for let us know.