We are now able to share our latest reports of the feedback we received through our engagement across Worcestershire over the summer months. Both of the reports relate to one of the key themes of the NHS Long Term Plan – the importance of prevention and helping us to live healthier lives.
We spoke to 482 people at a variety of events about their awareness and take up of screening and immunisations. Our findings suggest there is still a need for greater awareness and publicity around screening and immunisation programmes, to ensure everyone is aware of what they are entitled to and the importance taking up these opportunities. There is also a need to tackle misconceptions, make appointments more flexible and accessible around work and for those with caring commitments and to collect more data in order to better target promotion and awareness.
We also gathered feedback from 453 children and young people about what they thought was important to live a healthy life and what could help them to understand more about being healthy. Findings show that generally there is an awareness of the importance of healthy eating and taking exercise. It could be beneficial to increase understanding, especially amongst young children about the importance of wellbeing and across the ages about how to stop infections spreading. Children and young people told us that gaining information face to face was the most effective, but both game and information apps were also popular.
As with all our reports we will request and publish responses to our recommendations from the relevant commissioners and providers. Both the Screening and Immunisation Survey Report and Children’s Survey Report will be available on our website – www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk
Last week we hosted an event to say thank you to our volunteers for their work and support this year to help us gather and represent the views of patients, service users and carers in Worcestershire. We would like to extend that thanks to all of those who have supported us over the last year and wish everyone a happy Christmas and healthy new year.
If you would like to know more about our work or have an experience of health or social care to share with us in confidence, please contact us on 01386 550 264 or info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk