Public Health Report Herefordshire

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Summary of report content

The people of Herefordshire chose ‘Public Health’ as a topic for Healthwatch Herefordshire to explore in 2017/18. To this end, they developed a survey focused on what people did to stay healthy (physically and mentally), where people go to for information and support on staying healthy, and awareness of Public Health Campaigns. A survey was carried out among the general public with 55 people making comments. The survey was also conducted with 180 people from groups that have protected characteristics within the meaning of the Equalities Act 2010. In total 235 people responded to the survey. The protected characteristic of the groups of people surveyed were: young people; people with disabilities (physical and mental health); people from ethnic backgrounds (eastern European and Gypsy/Roma). More young people took part in the group work (40%) than in the public survey (4%). As a result of the data analysis, Healthwatch Herefordshire made a number of recommendations to Staying Healthy and about Public Health campaigns in general. There was also a recommendation to Public Health around its place in the Sustainability and Transformation Plan which was: "Healthwatch works across the whole health and social care system and we have been involved with the aspirations of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Much of STP (Sustainable Transformation Plan) is reliant on the public taking more responsibility for their overall health through increased self-care. There is a need for the public to take up this challenge to reduce pressures on the NHS. More work needs to be done to encourage the public to take more responsibility for self-care – only 14% of those who took part in our surveys were aware of the One You campaign (this campaign encourages people to look at everyday habits and behaviours such and drinking to help adults avoid future disease caused by modern lifestyles). Those we surveyed were reliant on the NHS for information and support for heath; GP’s were the most used source of information about healthy living amongst those we surveyed."

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General details

Report title 
Public Health Report Herefordshire
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Herefordshire
Date of publication 
Sunday, 1 April, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Saturday, 1 April, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 31 March, 2018
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Engagement
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Other
Support
Other information of note about this report 
BME
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6939

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
Primary research method used 
Deliberative event
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

Community services 
Other

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
No
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 
N/A

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
235
Age group 
All
Gender 
All
Ethnicity 
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Specific ethnicity if known 
All
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not applicable
Does the information include staff's views? 
Not applicable
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? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Yes
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No
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.