Author Archives: D Porter

More groups urged to get Covid-19 tested

Free Coronavirus community testing is now available for even more groups of Somerset residents to help break chains of transmission and keep communities safe. Around one in three people with Coronavirus do not have symptoms. Community testing, using lateral flow devices, is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms, […]

SEND improvements benefit children and families

Improvements in the way SEND services are delivered across Somerset are already bringing benefits to children, young people and families, Somerset’s latest Health and Wellbeing Board heard. Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset County Council are working closely together and investing heavily in their shared commitment to improve the lives of children and young people […]

Director of Public Health encourages all households with school age children to regularly COVID-19 test

Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council, urges all Somerset families and households with children to start to take a free Covid-test twice every week. Each person in a Somerset household with primary, secondary and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, are encouraged to test themselves at home twice every […]

Record number of secondary school places allocated

A record number of Somerset young people waking up today (1 March) will discover which secondary school they’ll attend from this September – with 98 per cent offered a place at one of their top three choices. Despite the largest number of secondary school applications ever received (4654 this year compared to 4512 in 2020), […]

Somerset COVID-19 vaccination milestone and now open to next priority groups

Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of GPs, nurses, vaccinators, administrators, marshals and volunteers, the Somerset COVID-19 vaccination programme has offered a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to the most vulnerable residents in across Somerset. Across the UK, figures released show that 15 million people have been vaccinated. In Somerset the latest published figures […]

Fast-track programme offers rewarding careers in child and family social work for talented graduates

Graduates and career changers to child and family social work will be given hands-on training to become the next generation of social workers. This is part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs which is protecting, supporting and creating jobs across the country. Somerset County Council is opening the recruitment round for 58 aspiring social […]

Somerset’s first patient receives the COVID-19 vaccine, as NHS vaccination programme is launched.

Following the very first deliveries of the approved Pfizer vaccine, the Somerset-wide COVID-19 vaccination programme for those in the highest priority groups, has begun at Yeovil Hospital, as part of the biggest vaccination programme in history. The hospital is part of the initial wave of 50 hospital hubs, announced last weekend that is providing the […]

Domestic abuse – help is still available

‘Don’t suffer behind closed doors’ – that is the message from Somerset County Council, who are working closely with partners to make sure services continue during the new lockdown. The Council’s domestic abuse campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, is spreading the message that restrictions imposed because of the pandemic may heighten tension and increase domestic abuse – for […]

Remain vigilant after Somerset Coronavirus cases increase

Somerset’s Director of Public Health urges everyone to remain vigilant and continue following government guidance after Somerset sees an increase in Coronavirus cases. This comes after the Government announced earlier this week new rules around the number of people meeting in England as cases rise nationally. From Monday 14 September, there will be a ban […]

Take a break with Dry January

Drinkers are encouraged to take a break from the booze this January – and have a dry one. Somerset County Council is backing ‘Dry January’, the national campaign led by Alcohol Change UK which aims to encourage drinkers to give up alcohol for the month and reset their relationship. During Dry January last year, 88 […]