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Q&A: My Barking

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 February 2018

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Cathrine Lund is a team leader at North East London NHS Foundation Trust, which takes care of mental health services across Barking and Dagenham.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I work for North East London Foundation Trust and I’m the Team Leader for the 0-19 Integrated Children’s Service based at Thames View Health Centre in Barking. I lead two teams that work in Barking, the school nurses and the health visitors.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The borough has a diverse population whose health and social care needs are also very diverse. This provides me with many learning opportunities, and over the years has helped me to grow as a professional.

What one thing would you change?

The lifestyle and behaviours that result in obesity and the medical conditions that are the result of being overweight or obese. Barking and Dagenham’s Public Health Report has recognised that too many of our young people are obese or overweight. The borough has taken steps to address this, however more needs to be done to get families eating more healthily and exercising regularly.

Use three words to describe the area.

Exciting, challenging and improving!

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Miles Hilton-Barber; he is a blind adventurer who spoke at the Diverse Inclusive Together conference.

Listening to him share his life’s journey was amazing, from being able to see to going blind, his physical and emotional challenges and how he was able to overcome them.

He’s been able to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to support charities for the blind and had a lot of fun doing it! His story reminded me that life can throw us many challenges; however it is our response to these that determines how our story will end.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

A law that prohibits the opening of any fast food outlets within a mile radius of schools or children centres. Tackling childhood obesity needs to be a priority to help future generations to be fit and healthy.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I would attempt to have at least one ‘feel good’ story in every issue that demonstrates bravery or kindness by a local individual or group. There are a lot of good things happening in the local community that sometimes doesn’t get heard.

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