How does it feel for me during Covid 19? Week commencing 6 July

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Summary of report content

During the last two weeks in June, Healthwatch Leeds launched a survey asking parents and carers to share their perspective on how the pandemic has affected their children aged 0 to 18.

The report looks at children and young people's (CYP) health and well-being under lockdown as described by their parents or carers- more than half CYP felt that their life has got worse since lockdown began. The biggest impact has been not being able to go to school. This has caused increased anxieties, disrupted sleep and feeling demotivated. However, for a significant minority, lockdown has been a welcome change from life’s usual pressures- home schooling has given them the opportunity to learn in helpful new ways and spend extra time with family. Many children with special educational needs and disability and other conditions have found lockdown hard, but they are also very anxious about returning to normal while the virus is still a threat. The older the children are, the more likely they are to be struggling emotionally with lockdown.

Additionally, relatives of people living in care homes felt that their loved one’s wellbeing was worse than before lockdown, primarily because they have missed out on the emotional support they usually get from their family. Residents with dementia found it particularly hard to changes in routine following lockdown.

The report outlines the challenges to the city of Leeds and is designed to support decision makers during this time.

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General details

Report title 
How does it feel for me during Covid 19? Week commencing 6 July
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Leeds
Date of publication 
Monday, 6 July, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 22 June, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 30 June, 2020
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-7643

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
None
Primary research method used 
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

Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Social care services 
Nursing care home
Residential care home

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
787
Age group 
All
Gender 
All
Ethnicity 
All
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
No
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Yes
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? 
No
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
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.