Women's health in Salford

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Salford undertook a research project to understand the health care needs of women after undertaking a similar project with men.  They undertook a survey to which 135 women responded during the period March to August 2020 and ran four focus groups in which 19 women took part.

Most women had a good idea of what they needed for a healthy life.  They had largely positive experiences of using services but had poor awareness of the services that should be available to them.  Less than one in five felt that the services didn’t understand or they weren’t sure if they understood their needs as women.

Physical exercise, staying connected with people and eating well were the most popular ways in which the women looked after themselves.  Women spoke of how involvement in activity got them through difficult situations, including aiding recovery from addiction.  Lack of knowledge or education, financial pressures, family responsibilities and societal and cultural issues acted in some cases as barriers to doing activities.

Nearly nine in ten women who were eligible had a cervical smear test and over four in five had had breast screening.  Over a quarter of the women aged between 40 and 74 weren’t aware they could have an NHS health check with their GP.

The women had a number of suggestions for change, including better access to female health professionals, affordable women only leisure and exercise sessions, family friendly clinics and waiting rooms, involving women when designing services for women and free or low cost classes or information on food and nutrition, managing money, and English as a second language.

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General details

Report title 
Women's health in Salford
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Salford
Date of publication 
Friday, 30 April, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Sunday, 1 March, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 31 August, 2020
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Health inequalities
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Public involvement
Service delivery organisation and staffing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Focus group
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Diagnostic and/or screening service - single handed sessional providers
GP practice
Secondary care services 
Breast screening

Details about conditions and diseases

What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people under the age of 18
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff'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? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
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.