Ethnic Minority People Focus Group Report: A Happier and Healthier Berkshire

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Reading spoke with 9 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, or representatives from organisations that connect with this group.

Focus group participants anonymously voted from a list of 11 priorities proposed by public health officials for the new strategy. Their top three were:

  1. Good mental health and wellbeing for all adults.
  2. Build strong, socially connected communities.
  3. To stop unfair differences in health between different groups of people.

Public health officials will consider the findings of a range of focus groups being held in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire as well as results of a wider public survey, before finalising the strategy to apply across the three areas.

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General details

Report title 
Ethnic Minority People Focus Group Report: A Happier and Healthier Berkshire
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Reading
Date of publication 
Thursday, 22 July, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 4 December, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 4 December, 2020
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Public involvement

Methodology and approach

Primary research method used 
Focus group

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)
Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Asian / Asian British
Black/ African / Caribbean / Black British
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Does the information include public'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? 

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.