Brighter Berkshire wellbeing in Wokingham event summary

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Healthwatch Wokingham Borough ran a “Wellbeing in Wokingham” event which aimed to help reduce stigma about mental health & improve local opportunities. 80 People attended the event, which had speakers from Wokingham Borough Council and from Brighter Berkshire among others, and there were 20 stalls from different organisations. Lots of feedback from the event was recorded. Means of doing so included via feedback forms, post-it-notes from activities, Facebook comments, emails and even tweets & texts. Healthwatch Wokingham Borough state that it highlighted the need for regular events of this type. The take-away message was that: "The “Wellbeing in Wokingham” event really highlighted the importance of holistic health care when it comes to mental health. The whole person needs to be taken into consideration including the emotional, physical, social and spiritual states of wellbeing. Unlike traditional medicine which addresses the symptoms of a condition, holistic medical practitioners look at all aspects of a person’s life before determining a plan. Wokingham Borough Council and Clinical Commissioning Group, over the past few years, have been exploring the possibility of setting up a Recovery College in Wokingham, which takes much more of an educational approach to addressing mental health and equips individuals with the knowledge and skills to get on with life, despite mental illness. This event adds huge weight to alternative more holistic, person centred, integrated models of mental health care being considered by Wokingham Borough commissioners and providers." The report does not include any recommendations.

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General details

Report title 
Brighter Berkshire wellbeing in Wokingham event summary
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Wokingham
Date of publication 
Friday, 1 December, 2017
Type of report 
Key themes 
Continuity of care
Health and safety
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Holistic support
Information providing
Integration of services
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
Deliberative event
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Mental health services 
Mental health crisis service
Mental health recovery service
Social care services 
Adult social care
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
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 
All care professionals
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? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Not known
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

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.