Children health behaviour engagement

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Summary of report content

One of Healthwatch Herefordshire’s top three priorities for 2018-19 is children and young People’s mental health. Healthwatch Herefordshire’s crucial crew work forms part of our engagement towards this priority. Crucial Crew is a schools safety day coordinated by the west Mercia police every year for all year six children in the county. Crucial Crew runs for two weeks allowing all the children in their last year of primary school a chance to attend for a day and take part in all ten workshops. This is a total of 1,770 10-11 year olds across Herefordshire. The findings suggested less than half of the children were aware of minor injuries units and what to use them for, particularly schools in the city. The children who live in the city are most likely to use A&E as there is no minor injuries unit in Hereford. Some of the issues like seizures, chest pain, breathing issues and choking needed more explanation every time we carried out the workshop as children didn’t recognise the serious nature of the emergency situations. When talking through this exercise with the children, some schools had provided first aid training to the children but many hadn’t. Many children said they would use NHS111 for various things, including being unsure what was wrong or what to do. The recommendation within the report inform more first aid training in schools, recognising emergency situations e.g. seizures, chest pain, severe blood loss, breathing issues and choking. It was apparent children didn’t realise how dangerous these situations could be. Raise awareness in schools of NHS Choices guidance.

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General details

Report title 
Children health behaviour engagement
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Herefordshire
Date of publication 
Friday, 1 June, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 June, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 1 June, 2018
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Information providing
Public involvement
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-7134

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Survey
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Community pharmacy
Dentist (non-hospital)
GP practice
NHS 111
Urgent care services
Secondary care services 
Acute services with overnight beds
Acute services without overnight beds / listed acute services with or without overnight beds
Urgent and emergency care services 
Accident & emergency
NHS 111
Urgent care services
Other services 
NHS choices

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
1,770 c
Age group 
All people under the age of 18
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
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
N/A
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? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Yes
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

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.