BAME weight management report

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch 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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General details

Report title 
BAME weight management report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Stockton-on-tees
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 
Key themes 
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Food and nutrition
Health promotion
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Other information of note about this report 
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Structured interview
Unstructured Interview
How was the information collected? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Secondary care services 
Nutrition and dietetics

Details about conditions and diseases

Conditions or diseases 
Diabetes and other endocrinal, nutriotional and metabolic conditions

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
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? 
Not known
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? 

Outcomes and impact

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? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.