Summary of report contentHealthwatch Middlesbrough gathered information, via meetings, focus groups, outreach at events and social media to get a good overview of the public perception of the BAME Weight Management services. There was an evident lack of awareness and understanding of what services are available to support people with weight management, particularly within the BAME community. Due to trends in the data collected, the Healthwatch Middlesbrough Board made a decision to further investigate dietary information and support for BAME communities regarding weight loss. The methodology used included information gathered from Network and community events, meetings attended with local groups and feedback gathered from online and social media. At the Healthwatch Network Event and Community Event held for asylum seekers and refugees, it was evident from the feedback received that not many people had heard about these services from Public Health or GPs. Many of the respondents had not heard about the events at all. It was noted that leaflets can be difficult to understand if English is not your first language and that adding pictures and diagrams can help. The report concludes that current methods of promoting services require review. Healthwatch Middleborough made a few small inexpensive recommendations. As most people talked to were unaware of the service it was crucial that it was promoted by Public Health and the providers to be more joined up with the introduction of a Joint Communication Strategy. Also, many people spoken to said that leaflets were not the best way to communicate information. Rather, they would prefer to receive the information from their community leaders. Healthwatch recommended that information is shared by developing “health champions” within communities. These champions would require basic training and on-going support by Public Health.
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BAME weight management report
Date of publication
Wednesday, 3 September, 2014
Date evidence capture began
Tuesday, 3 September, 2013
Date evidence capture finished
Wednesday, 3 September, 2014
Type of report
Food and nutrition
Lifestyle and wellbeing
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Healthwatch reference number
Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation?
Primary research method used
How was the information collected?
Primary care services
Secondary care services
Nutrition and dietetics
Conditions or diseases
Diabetes and other endocrinal, nutriotional and metabolic conditions
Number of people who shared their views
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Specific ethnicity if known
Other population characteristics
People with limited family or social networks
Refugees or asylum seekers
Does the information include public's views?
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views?
Does the information include staff's views?
Types of health and care professionals engaged
Care / support workers
Does the information include other people's views?
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views?
Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report?
Does the information contain a response from a provider?
Is there evidence of impact in the report?
Is there evidence of impact external to the report?