A Conversation About ‘Wellbeing’ BAME Communities – Arabic and Urdu Women

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch South Tees (Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland) undertook research about the wellbeing of BAME women following a request from the local Integrated Care. The findings from these consultations have since been fed back to the ICS, so that the intelligence can help shape the way health and care services are delivered across the region, ensuring they are relevant to their local communities. Healthwatch spoke to 12 women who spoke either Arabic or Urdu at Nur Fitness.

Healthwatch explored with the group what “wellbeing” meant to them.  Attendees felt that this encompassed healthy eating, socialising with people from different backgrounds, access to education and exercise.

The group explored what needed to be in place for them to make healthy choices.  The women felt that childcare needed to be in place to enable them to exercise.  Other things included transport, language barriers, lack of cultural awareness.  The women felt that they had gained in confidence and wellbeing through being involved in Nur Fitness.

The report contains 5 recommendations about courses and advice from GPs being made culturally appropriate, the need for grassroots consultation, better access to translation and about health and social care services having more awareness around the cultural barriers that patients from BAME backgrounds face in regard to discussing mental health.

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General details

Report title 
A Conversation About ‘Wellbeing’ BAME Communities – Arabic and Urdu Women
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Middlesbrough
Healthwatch Redcar & Cleveland
Date of publication 
Thursday, 23 April, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 November, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 30 November, 2019
Type of report 
Key themes 
Food and nutrition
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

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

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Asian / Asian British
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? 
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? 
Not known
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.