Our experience: conversations with the Windrush Health Group

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Summary of report content

This report is based on conversations with the Windrush Health Group in Preston, a group of Black Caribbean men, aged 29-66 years. The group was set up a few years ago in recognition of the significant unmet health and wellbeing concerns of community members.

Healthwatch Lancashire had initially met with them as part of another engagement. From this, broader concerns were raised about the wider wellbeing of the community. In particular, the group highlighted concerns around:

  • Higher rates of poor health within the local community
  • Concerns around mental health
  • Lack of services and support
  • Lack of opportunity to share concerns about health and wellbeing with wider services.

Upon further investigation, there did not seem to be any easily accessible, specific local data available on the health and wellbeing of local Black Caribbean communities. Further information was sought by the group through a freedom of information request, but this revealed very limited further details.

All but one of those involved in these discussions are second or third generation British-born Afro-Caribbean descendants who have grown up, or now live, in Preston.

This report highlights the experience of the members of the Windrush Health Group but is set against the backdrop of the increased urgency of the Black Lives Matter Movement, as well as the recently published Department of Health and Social Care Reforming the Mental Health Act white paper, which highlighted mental health inequalities including disproportionate detention of people from ethnic minority communities.

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General details

Report title 
Our experience: conversations with the Windrush Health Group
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Lancashire
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 28 July, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Sunday, 1 March, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 30 November, 2020
Key themes 
Access
Health inequalities
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of care
Staff attitudes

Methodology and approach

If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Windrush Health Group
Primary research method used 
Unstructured Interview

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
10
Gender 
Male
Ethnicity 
Black/ African / Caribbean / Black British
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Negative

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes

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.