Healthwatch carry out independent research and evaluations on different aspects of health and social care that are driven by feedback that we receive from the public. Healthwatch relies upon the voice of the public to provide us with vital information on your experience of health and social care services and your suggestions as to how they can be improved and how best practice can be shared.
Over the last year the way people access health and social care has changed dramatically. Increasingly, more models of care are being developed and some delivered online.
The purpose of this priority is to:
- examine how people are accessing health and social care
- assess which of those models of care people prefer
- make recommendations based on the end-user experience
The project will engage with groups via online sessions, 1:1 and surveys with specific cohorts of people, to include:
- learning disabilities and non-visible disabilities
- carers and unpaid carers
- young people
- people with long term conditions
- those using mental health services for the first time
- people who have treatments or appointments cancelled or postponed
- those with young children to see if there are concerns around child development
- housebound patients
- accessing other services e.g. NHS dentist, outpatients, cancer
The provision for homeless people, especially people sleeping rough has changed within the last year. Most have been offered temporary housing by the government and voluntary sector organisations, as a result of the pandemic.
While housing departments fulfil their role, the aim of this priority is to establish the experience of homeless people when accessing health and social care and offer the findings to the organisations which support them.
Death by suicide in males across England have increased by 3.3% since 2018. These are the highest rates in 2 decades and are 3 times higher than suicide in females.
The aim of this priority is to understand why male suicide is higher and whether the ‘system’ adequately addresses this.
One of the most significant issues that people have raised with Healthwatch is about access to NHS dentistry. The Covid-19 crisis has impacted upon many areas of NHS support but the problems in dental care appear to be particularly acute.
This special project will seek to gather feedback from the public to understand their experiences of accessing NHS dental treatment and make recommendations for improvements.
Loneliness and isolation were identified as recurring issues in previous engagement projects, and we recognise that these feelings can occur in wide ranging settings and all life stages.
The focus of this project will be a review into social isolation and loneliness of two specific cohorts: older adults over 65 years and new parents, particularly new mothers.