Healthwatch engages with 1600 year 6 pupils and 35 young disabled people at crucial crew

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch engaged with 1600 11 year old children over a fortnight, along with other organisations providing a series of short workshops. All of the children undertook two surveys for Healthwatch: Looking after your teeth – asking the children what they know about dental and oral health and also a survey about getting help for your healthcare – asking children where their parents or carers would take them in a range of health related scenarios. In addition to this, one day of the fortnight was spent engaging with children from Special Educational Needs Schools surveying Children with disabilities what is important to them when seeing their GP or Social Care professional and who they like to speak on their behalf. Healthwatch have presented information both at a high level and also broken down by individual schools. The purpose of this is not to reflect on any work undertaken by schools or performance of schools themselves, but to provide other agencies and commissioners of Health & Social Care services information about catchment areas of Herefordshire which may require focused work and suggest the use of schools as a conduit for getting information to parents and carers to raise awareness. The results show that attendance overall at the dentist is high in comparison to the national averages. Only 2% of Herefordshire children surveyed never attend the dentist, compared to figures from the RCS faculty of Dental Health who quoted that as many as 30% of children in England had not seen an NHS dentist between 2012-2014 . Overall the proportion of children brushing teeth twice a day was high at 91.2% and an 85.6% awareness amongst children that fruit juice was bad for your teeth. Under half of children surveyed tried to avoid eating too many sugary things in order to look after their teeth.

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General details

Report title 
Healthwatch engages with 1600 year 6 pupils and 35 young disabled people at crucial crew
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Herefordshire
Date of publication 
Friday, 26 June, 2015
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 15 June, 2015
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 26 June, 2015
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health promotion
Information providing
Quality of treatment
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 
Focus group
How was the information collected? 
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 
Dentist (non-hospital)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people under the age of 18
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 
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.