Let's talk about health

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Wakefield are supporting the Wakefield Health and Wellbeing Board to better understand how people define a healthy life and the barriers to achieving better health. The board consists of local service leaders who make decisions about health and care services.

Healthwatch Wakefield ran two surveys. The first focused on individual feedback and ran between 11 August and 17 October 2021. It was completed by 247 people. A second survey focused on representatives and Healthwatch Wakefield facilitated a focus group discussion at a Third Sector Leader’s meeting.

Key findings

  • There did not seem to be a correlation between ratings of health, for example rating physical health as ‘very poor’ did not seem to make it more likely that mental health and emotional health would also be rated as ‘very poor’.
  • Those aged 13-17 were most likely to rate their mental health as very poor / poor followed closely by those aged 18-24. Those aged 65-79 were most likely to rate their mental health as ‘excellent’.
  • Males were more likely to rate their health as ‘excellent’ than females, this was across physical, mental and emotional health. However, they were also more likely to rate all three as ‘very poor’ than females.
  • ‘Living a healthy life’ was most commonly defined as being physically fit and active/able to get our, eating healthily, and feeling happy, well rested and stress free.
  • The top three barriers to living a healthy life were lack of time/work, physical health, and mental health.

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General details

Report title 
Let's talk about health
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Wakefield
Date of publication 
Thursday, 3 March, 2022
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 11 August, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 17 October, 2021
Key themes 
Health promotion
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Other local body
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Wakefield Health and Wellbeing Board
Primary research method used 
Focus group

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
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 
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? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact 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.