Bolton neighbourhood report - Westhoughton

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Summary of report content

This report was written by Healthwatch Bolton as part of a wider engagement project on neighbourhood assets. A discussion group was held to ask Weshoughton people what they thought about their local assets. The report was published December, 2017. It is based on discussions with local people. A total of 26 people were engaged with. Overall sentiment was mixed. A number of assets were identified as existing locally, this is a platform on which healthier lives can be led. On the other hand people identified a range of challenges such as a lack of involvement in big decisions, not feeling informed, services being hard to access or lacking that were barriers to maintaining good health. While recommendations are not made a set of conclusions is given. No response from providers is attached, though this project does not engage with a single provider of services. Summary of conclusions: - Some felt the area was mis-characterised as wealthy, despite the needs there - Desire to do more for their own health - Lack of information - Local problems with alcohol and substance abuse - Potential for new primary care roles - Need better access - More decision making roles wanted

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General details

Report title 
Bolton neighbourhood report - Westhoughton
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bolton
Date of publication 
Sunday, 31 December, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 1 November, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 30 November, 2017
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Engagement
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Public involvement
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-5803

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Focus group
How was the information collected? 
Outreach

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
26
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Not applicable
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No

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.