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Summary of report content

NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group and Dudley Council Public Health asked Healthwatch Dudley if it could help with public engagement work to get people's views on self-care and what it means to them. Healthwatch Dudley undertook engagement activities with community groups and representatives to co-produce ideas around five self-care themes (minor ailments, long-term conditions, caring, mental wellbeing and the role of professionals) and design a self-care pack. The self-care pack was developed with the aim for it to be shared with organisations and groups so they could run sessions and gather people's views on self-care. 26 organisations or groups had copies of the self-care pack and 14 of these organisations held self-care discussion sessions using the pack. The information obtained from these groups were analysed and sorted into categories to help to reveal connections or patterns that improve understanding of self-care: 'we need professionals', 'finding time for mental health', 'caring can be isolating', 'living with a long-term condition', 'understanding minor ailments'. The recommendations from this report are: to develop ongoing conversations with people from all types of background to get a diversity of views on self-care and wellbeing, to get the messages on self-care, where to get help with it, and how to be involved in thinking about what it is out to more people, to ensure sufficient resources are provided to support an integrated approach where self-care, health, and wellbeing are seen as being bound together with early intervention to prevent problems, to ensure there is personal and collective responsibility taken for promoting self-care and supporting people to do it.

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General details

Report title 
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Dudley
Date of publication 
Thursday, 21 March, 2019
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Public involvement
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Other (please specify)
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group and Dudley Council Public Health.
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
Focus group
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 

Details about conditions and diseases

What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Specific ethnicity if known 
Sexual orientation 
Not known
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? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
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? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to 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.