Self care matters public report

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Summary of report content

In November 2016 Healthwatch Bromley and Healthwatch Lewisham held a joint Self Care Matters event. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of Self Care Week and the importance of self-care and the self-management of health conditions. The event was preceded by the Healthwatch Bromley and Healthwatch Lewisham Annual General Meeting. The event included four separate workshops focussing on particular self care issues: diabetes, eye care, respiratory diseases and mental health. The presentations provided a more in depth, focused information on all four topics. The Self Care Matters event was attended by over 60 people. Attendees were asked to leave their feedback on several interactive feedback boards. Long term conditions and mental health were of most interest to participants, followed by eye health. Information on winter readiness, minor illnesses, activities and sexual health were also considered useful. The event provided an opportunity for participants to feedback on SLaM’s enquiry into the integration of mental and physical health. The feedback received was in relation to providing support groups, physical checks for people with mental health issues, and help to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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General details

Report title 
Self care matters public report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bromley
Healthwatch Lewisham
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 1 November, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 November, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 1 November, 2016
Type of report 
Key themes 
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
Deliberative event
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

Secondary care services 
Diabetic medicine
Respiratory medicine
Mental health services 
Community mental health team (CMHT)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not 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? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
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? 
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.