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As awareness about Menopause is rising in the public arena, it has highlighted the question on how the menopause should be treated at work and what employers should be doing to support their employees affected by the menopause. The menopause has become an increasingly discussed topic, with high profile women talking across a variety of media channels about their own experiences.

The City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services has become a Dementia Friend – and is encouraging all her fellow councillors to do the same.

Dementia Friends are people who have taken part in a short awareness raising session which gives them a greater understanding of the condition so that they are able to offer help and support to someone living with dementia.

A leading hospice that cares for more than 900 families every year is the latest recipient of the ‘Wired for Good’ campaign run by Alloy Wire International (AWI). The UK manufacturer of round, flat and profile wire has donated £7500 to the crucial work of Acorns Children’s Hospice to help it continue to provide respite, short breaks, end of life and emergency care across its three locations in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester.

Safety campaigners are pushing for competency testing and compulsory helmets for e-scooter riders if the Government lifts the ban on riding privately-owned e-scooters in public spaces.

“Up to three quarters of a million more e-scooters will be on the roads if riding privately-owned e-scooters is legalised in public areas,” said John McQuater, president of APIL, a nationwide not-for-profit campaign group which hosts Injury Prevention Week (27 June -1 July) every summer.

Their training is complete and the time is now!

18 amateur cyclists, led by Patron Geoff Thomas MBE, have begun cycling The Tour 21 in Copenhagen, culminating in an emotional finish in Paris on Sunday 17th July.

The impact of the HeadStart programme in improving the mental and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Wolverhampton was celebrated on Wednesday 22 June, 2022.

Launched thanks to nearly £10.7m in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, HeadStart Wolverhampton used a ‘test and learn’ approach to support young people aged 10 to 16.

The Public Health Department in Statia is increasing surveillance for signs of monkeypox in light of the global spread of the virus, including 155 cases in the United States and 167 in the Netherlands as of the end of the day on Wednesday, 22 June.

There are no reported cases of the virus in Statia or the Caribbean, according to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports one case in Venezuela.

Leaders from across Adult and Children’s Services have come together welcome newly qualified social workers who have recently joined or who are about to join the City of Wolverhampton Council.

As newly qualified social workers, they will be part of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme which gives social workers extra support during their first stage of their career.

This week is Learning Disability Week (20th-26th June) and an education expert has shared five pieces of advice on how to support children if they have learning disabilities.

Interestingly, research conducted by Oxford Home Schooling revealed that while overseeing their children’s learning during lockdown, many parents spotted potential signs of a learning difficulty.

Responding to the latest Emergency Department performance figures published by NHS England for May 2022, Dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: “A marginal improvement in performance data is positive but should not be cause for celebration. The data remain grim reading and there is no real sign of this crisis easing. 

Younger children are able to get their Covid-19 vaccination at the Mander Centre clinic in Wolverhampton. The clinic, on the Upper Mall, is offering free vaccinations to youngsters aged five to 11 on weekdays between 3pm and 5.30pm, Saturdays from 9am to 5.30pm and Sundays from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Children aged five to 11 are eligible for a first and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Children can get a first dose of the vaccine from the day they turn five, and most children can get a second dose 12 weeks after the first.

If the child has a condition that means they are at high risk from Covid-19 or they live with someone who has a weakened immune system, they can get the second dose eight weeks after their first. Walk-in appointments are available, or they can be booked online at https://bit.ly/3dtsler or by calling 119.

Please note, five to 11-year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. People who have recently had a positive Covid-19 test must wait 12 weeks before having the vaccination.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The number of cases of Covid-19 in Wolverhampton, and nationally, has been gradually rising over the last few days, and so it remains important that people think about getting vaccinated when they are able to.

"We have worked hard with our partners to make the vaccine as widely available as possible to anyone who wants it, and so we are pleased that the clinic at the Mander Centre will be offering vaccinations to five to 11-year-olds, seven days a week.

"While most children who contract Covid-19 thankfully either have no symptoms or mild illness, some can still fall seriously ill and so I would encourage parents and guardians who have children eligible for a vaccine to come forward as soon as possible."

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “For decades, vaccinations have protected our children and young people from potentially serious diseases, including measles, flu, meningitis and mumps.

"By the time they leave school, a child will typically have been offered vaccinations against 18 different diseases or infections and the Covid-19 vaccine is one more vaccine that children can have to protect them from illness.”

A landmark BMA report into racism in medicine has revealed a profession in danger of a major exodus of doctors of ethnic minority backgrounds, due to persistent and intolerable levels of racism faced at a personal and institutional level.

The West Midlands had the highest number of doctors surveyed across the country (43%) who said they have considered leaving the NHS or have already left within the past two years due to racism and discrimination.

It’s not only Her Majesty the Queen marking a 70-year Jubilee in 2022 as BHBN Radio is also marking its 70th anniversary of broadcasting to Birmingham’s Hospitals. Rewind the clock seven decades, to a pub in Moseley in 1952, and what became BHBN was formed to keep patients at the Yardley Green Sanatorium, (now part of Heartlands Hospital), satisfied with live football and cricket commentaries, which is something the Network continues to this day!

Parents and guardians in Wolverhampton are being asked to ensure their children are up to date with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, as latest data shows uptake across England has dropped to the lowest level in a decade.

The percentage of five-year-olds who have had both doses of the MMR vaccine in England is currently 86.3%, well below the World Health Organization’s target of 95% which it says is needed to achieve and sustain the elimination of measles.