Understanding the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on young adults in Enfield

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Summary of report content

During the lockdown, Healthwatch Enfield engaged with young adults (aged 15-25) in Enfield to understand how the coronavirus outbreak had been impacting them. This work was carried out via an online survey.

Key findings included: many young adults surveyed said the main impact of the coronavirus pandemic was on their mental health; having to self-teach and impose self-discipline in a context with little or no routine, as well as a lack of clarity around changes to schools and exams had a strong impact on their mental health. Those with existing health conditions expressed concerns about accessing the care and support they needed in a timely manner.

Based on their findings, Healthwatch Enfield made five recommendations to commissioners and the local CCG to:

  • Conduct more detailed research to understand the needs of young people, including virtual support.
  • Ensure that information and advice provided is clear and accessible.
  • Work through the backlog of appointments and offer face to face sessions, in addition to virtual ones, where possible.
  • Explore community and peer support options to lessen the dependency on specialist resources.
  • Continue working with schools and colleges, promoting their involvement in understanding and supporting young adults' mental health, particularly for those who have underlying disabilities or mental health conditions, so that a part of the curriculum can be flexibly focused around emotional health and wellbeing where appropriate.

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General details

Report title 
Understanding the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on young adults in Enfield
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Enfield
Date of publication 
Thursday, 30 July, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 1 April, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Tuesday, 30 June, 2020
Type of report 
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Health protection
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Service delivery organisation and staffing
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 
How was the information collected? 
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 
Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Specific ethnicity if known 
Sexual orientation 
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? 

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.