Brent sees biggest drop in child tooth decay in London

Brent has seen the biggest drop in tooth decay in the capital, according to recent health figures.

The latest Oral Health Survey, which is published by Public Health England, shows there has been a 15.1 per cent decrease in the number of 5 year olds with tooth decay since 2012 – the biggest decrease in the capital.

Camden saw the second highest decrease of 12.8 per cent in the same period, whereas Newham saw the third biggest decrease of 10.7 per cent.

The significant decrease in Brent follows the decision to make children’s oral health a public health priority and the introduction of a series of council preventative programmes, including a school-outreach programme where children’s teeth are varnished with fluoride, encouraging regular dental check-ups of children from toddler age, and by rolling out a ‘Slash Sugar’ campaign warning of the damage sugary foods and drink can do.

Tooth decay is entirely preventable but the reality is that one in four 5 year olds have tooth decay in London. This has a huge knock on impact on a child’s long term future so it is crucial that we tackle the issue. This is why it is so important that we work with all partners and the public to improve child oral health in Brent.

The need for regular brushing, avoiding sugary snacks and drinks and the importance of regular dentist visits for children over the age of one is fundamental to prevention.

Although the large decrease is really promising, we know that there is still much to be done. We will keep working hard to educate children and their parents about preventative measures and healthy lifestyle choices to try and reduce rates of decay even further.

Supporting Dementia Awareness week

Brent is supporting Dementia Awareness Week.

The Week starts from today and its theme is to encourage people who are worried about the impact that living with dementia may have on their lives to find out where they can go for information, help and support.

Dementia describes a range of brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type, affecting 62% of those diagnosed. Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia and 225,000 will develop dementia this year – that’s one every three minutes.

Find out more about help for people with Dementia here LINK

Doing more for people living with Dementia – A whole community approach in Brent

Cllr Krupesh Hirani with Dianne CampbellIn Brent, we are working with the Community to make our area a Dementia Friendly Borough. We were recently featured on London Live where I gave an interview on the issue. Dementia is not just about providing core services but for me it is about a whole community approach on the issue to make sure that everyone is aware of the issue and is mindful of Dementia when they are going about their everyday lives; be it going shopping in a supermarket or queuing to be served at a bank cashier.

This video here explains more has a real life experience from Dianne Campbell who was diagnosed with Dementia at the age of 44.

Community Action on Dementia (CAD-Brent), a local charity, is working in partnership with Brent Council, Brent CCG and a number of other organisations to improve the support for people living with memory loss.

Community Action on Dementia website launched

A new website has been launched for the Community Action on Dementia Brent Group.

The Group was formed following the commitment from community organisations to make Brent a Dementia Friendly Borough.

Managing Stress and Improving Wellbeing Workshop –

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust are hosting this workshop at 60 Ashford Road, Cricklewood NW2 6TU on Thursday 25th February from 11am to 1pm.

The aim of this workshop will be to talk to you and share ideas about the different ways of managing stress and steps to regain or maintain psychological wellbeing. The event will be followed by lunch.

All residents registered with a Brent GP are welcome. If you need further help following the workshop, please speak to your GP or call the team directly on 02082063924 or email

Free Mental Health support now available online to Brent residents

One in four people will experience a common mental health problem in our lifetime, whether it’s stress, anxiety, depression, feeling low, or struggling to cope.

Talking about these experiences can be difficult so to help people manage a new online service is now available free to Brent residents aged 16 and above.

Big White Wall offers a supportive anonymous community, with trained counsellors online 24/7.

Now, Brent residents can also access one-to-one therapy sessions online via Big White Wall’s LiveTherapy service.

Big White Wall and LiveTherapy are free to all Brent residents aged 16 and over via the local NHS.

The service was developed with particular focus on those who may not be able to access ‘traditonal’ mental health support and have busy jobs and are more likely to use support if it is available online.

To access these services, simply enter your Brent postcode at

Brent supports Dry January

Brent Council is supporting the Dry January Campaign run by Alcohol Concern working with Public Health England – encouraging people to give up alcohol for January and promoting the health benefits of doing so.

Giving the body a break from drinking alcohol will see a number of benefits including weight loss, improved sleep, improved energy levels as well as saving money.

In Brent we have services available for people who are concerned about their drinking. B3 offer a confidential and supportive peer to peer drop in service each Saturday, 12noon- 5pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm for people with substance issues. The drop in session is held at 97 Cobbold Road, NW10. Find out more on their website.

As part of its support, Brent will share information on its communications channels about Dry January and also signposting people to B3 for support. Working with B3, Brent will be holding an information stall on Thursday, 14 January where B3 will be talking to people about the amount of units in different types of alcoholic drinks, offering support and advice available for people that feel they drink too much as well as discussing alternatives to alcohol.

Last January over two million people participated. To find out more and to pledge to give up alcohol for the month go to

Smaller Quality Street tins – Maybe it’s a good thing!

Quality street

Much has been made of the fact that over the decades Quality Street tins have been getting smaller.

Here’s the alternative view.

Our Slash Sugar campaign has been raising awareness about the amount of sugar in the nation’s favourite treats. The rate of Type 2 diabetes in Brent is soaring and the knock on health impacts are devastating.

In Brent, survey results suggest that 54% of adults are either overweight or obese. Around 23% of England’s adult population are obese.

Type 2 diabetes rates in Brent are particularly high compared to other parts of the UK. The average recorded level of diagnosed diabetes on GP registers in England was 6% in 2012/13. Over the same period 7.8% of people on GP lists in Brent were recorded as having diabetes (23,030 people).

The prevalence of diabetes in Brent is projected to rise. By 2030, it is estimated that nearly 15% of people aged 16 and over in Brent will have diabetes compared to the predicted England average of about 9% – hence the need to have such campaigns to influence people to change their eating habits.

In addition, the impact on childrens oral health and childhood obesity is also of great concern. Brent ranks among the poorest authorities in the country in oral health for children under five. In 2011/12, 45.9% of five-year-olds showed signs of dental decay, which is worse than the England average. Childhood obesity is the single biggest predictor of adulthood obesity and can increase the risk factors for many clinical conditions throughout a person’s whole life cycle.

Christmas is a difficult time to sell this message but I suppose that at a time when supermarket aisles will be filled with Quality Street-like products, maybe it is isn’t such a bad thing that the portions are now smaller!

Direct Payments Information – 16th December 11am to 3pm

independent wheelchair userPenderels Trust, who support independent living for adult social care users is inviting anyone who receives a Direct Payment or is thinking of switching to the scheme to join them at Brent Civic Centre on 16th December from 11am to 3pm to find out about they help they offer.

Penderels Trust will be at the civic centre to discuss about any issues or concerns you may have about using Direct Payments and allow you to meet members of the team who support people in the borough.

They will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with more information about:

  • Direct Payment set up support
  • employing and managing staff
  • choosing and using a care agency
  • managing your finances
  • online document centre
  • payroll service.

The team will be in the ground floor entrance area from 11am to 3pm of the civic centre, for more information email or call 020 8733 8224.