Shaping Places for Healthier Lives Food Insecurity Project Focus: South-West Shropshire

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Summary of report content

Shaping Places for Healthier Lives’ is a joint grant programme between The Health Foundation and Local Government Association. The programme aims to create the conditions for better health by funding local partnerships to take system-wide action on the wider determinants of health. Shropshire Council was one of those selected. In November 2019, Shropshire Council Public Health created a project team, including Healthwatch Shropshire.

Between February and April 2021 Healthwatch Shropshire ran the public and organisational engagement for the Shaping Places for Healthier Lives Food Insecurity Project focused on South-West rural Shropshire. The aim was to understand people’s experiences of living with food poverty and gather insight from the organisations working with or supporting them from the public and voluntary sector.

Healthwatch Shropshire ran two online surveys, conducted 11 interviews and led four focus groups. The report summarises feedback from 22 people with lived experience, 121 people from public and community sector organisations, and 33 people who took part in four Zoom sessions.

The report describes a number of findings from each of these groups, along with 11 recommendations.

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General details

Report title 
Shaping Places for Healthier Lives Food Insecurity Project Focus: South-West Shropshire
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Shropshire
Date of publication 
Thursday, 11 November, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 February, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 30 April, 2021
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Food and nutrition
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Local Council
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
Focus group
Structured interview

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Other population characteristics 
People who live in poverty
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 
All care professionals
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? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
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.