Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) pledged their support to Men United at the start of March as part of a Hull 2020 project to help raise awareness of prostate cancer in the area.
To mark the occasion, a sparkling bright blue fire engine was unveiled in the shadow of City Hall in Queen Victoria Square, with Prostate Cancer UK volunteer Kevin Megson joining senior fire service officers and Hull CCG staff to see the new vehicle make its first public appearance.
HFRS, one of the nine key partners in Hull 2020, played a significant role in the initial launch of the plan to transform public services in Hull and to support its people to be as healthy and fulfilled as possible.
By unveiling the blue engine and signing to Men United, HFRS and Hull CCG are hoping to encourage their employees and local residents to get behind the cause and do something to help beat the disease.
Chief Fire Officer Dene Sanders said: “We are a dedicated and active partner in Hull 2020 and all of our staff have really bought into what the CCG are trying to achieve in Hull. We are all about protecting our communities and looking after the most vulnerable, so this initiative to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst our staff and the wider public is a perfect fit.”
Emma Latimer, Chief Officer of NHS Hull CCG noted: “The Hull 2020 programme, and Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the city, both have a very clear focus on early detection and ill health prevention. This is greatly supported by Hull 2020 partner, Humberside Fire and Rescue, which has created an original and eye-catching awareness campaign with Prostate Cancer UK, to go out directly onto the streets of Hull. We want this campaign to encourage more men to get symptoms for prostate cancer checked out and treated early – it will mean that their chances of recovery could be much greater.
“To further improve outcomes for prostate cancer patients in Hull, the CCG is revising the clinical pathway to support GPs in earlier diagnosis and management of the condition in the community. This includes introducing a new CCG Pathway Information Portal to enhance communication between primary care and hospital clinicians.”
It’s bringing people in the local community together to do something great to help beat the disease.
Vivienne Francis, Director of Communications for Prostate Cancer UK added: “What Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Hull CCG are doing is exactly what Men United stands for. It’s bringing people in the local community together to do something great to help beat the disease.
“By signing up for Men United they will be encouraging others to do the same. By creating this movement Prostate Cancer UK will be able to call upon more men to push forward real change and have a greater impact on men’s health.”Read more about the partnership