Why exercise report

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Summary of report content

The purpose of this report is to present the work undertaken by Healthwatch South Gloucestershire volunteer Enter and View authorised representatives during 2017/2018 to support the introduction of, or development of, ‘meaningful physical activity’ for elderly residents of Care Homes. The evaluation was only of a very small number of Care Homes and therefore no firm conclusions can be drawn, or recommendations can be made. It was notable that Care Homes appeared to view ‘activity’ as the responsibility of the activities manager and not everybody’s business. It was however pleasing to have had some very positive feedback to the information provided. Traditionally behaviour change interventions have taken the form of posters but there are flaws in this approach. Raising awareness and giving people a logical reason why they should do something isn’t always the most effective method. Communications such as posters can be powerful but there is often a need for a way to facilitate behaviour change. Posters really only achieve success when integrated with a suite of interventions .

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General details

Report title 
Why exercise report
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch South Gloucestershire
Date of publication 
Sunday, 1 April, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Sunday, 1 April, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 1 April, 2018
Type of report 
Enter and view
Key themes 
Health promotion
Health protection
Holistic support
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 
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
Not Known

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Nursing care home
Residential care home

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Not known
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 
All care professionals
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.