Student health and wellbeing in Reading

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Reading conducted an engagement project between September 2018 and February 2020 with people 279 people aged 16 and over who were studying at University or college to understand their awareness off local health and wellbeing services.

The report found that while awareness of most services did improve from first-year levels, over time, there were still worrying gaps, with fewer than 50% of students in both groups not knowing where to find Reading’s NHS sexual health clinic and fewer than 40% of both groups unaware of how to get help for serious mental health conditions. For both sets of students, coping with stress and worries remained their top health concern.

5 recommendations were made in the report including commissioning a student health working group.

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General details

Report title 
Student health and wellbeing in Reading
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Reading
Date of publication 
Monday, 22 February, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Saturday, 1 September, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 29 February, 2020
Type of report 
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Health promotion
Health protection
Holistic support
Information providing
Integration of services
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Engagement 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

Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Depression and anxiety service
Mental health crisis service
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
16-17 years
18-24 years
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.