Report on the Healthwatch Wandsworth consultation on LGBT mental health

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Wandsworth launched a survey to gain insight into the mental health experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community to help inform the London Assembly Health Committee’s review into the issues. A total of 25 people submitted their views to Healthwatch Wandsworth. The survey was advertised via there website and social media channels and was circulated to local contacts. In addition Healthwatch Wandsworth took the survey to ‘#BornThisWay’, an event organised by Free2B Alliance, a community based organisation supporting LGBTQ+ young people. The survey results reflect views from the LGBT community and others with an interest LGBT mental health services, presenting a broad view of the main mental health challenges facing the LGBT community and suggestions for initiatives to better support and influence the Mayor of London’s policy development. The survey responses highlight the following themes: Inadequate access to appropriate support systems and unmet needs for the LGBT community not only in Wandsworth but also in London more generally. A sense of misunderstanding and judgement from existing support systems. Respondents highlight that there are, at present, few safe spaces to discuss their concerns. The recommendations within the report inform areas in relation to communication, awareness and training for health and social care professionals.

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General details

Report title 
Report on the Healthwatch Wandsworth consultation on LGBT mental health
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Wandsworth
Date of publication 
Saturday, 5 November, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Saturday, 5 November, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 5 November, 2016
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Information providing
Staff training
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6206

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 
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 
Community mental health team (CMHT)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
25
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
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? 
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.