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Healthy Wirral Engagement

Healthy Wirral Engagement

Following the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan in 2019, we have been working as a collaborative partnership across Health and Care in Wirral to develop our 5 year strategy for transforming health and care services, to help people lead healthy lives and ensure that services are sustainable in the future.

Engaging residents of Wirral is an important part of this process as we move forward and this also includes locally elected representatives (MP’s and Councillors) and voluntary and community groups.

Healthwatch Wirral, Community Action Wirral and Age UK Wirral are part of our Healthy Wirral Partnership which recognises the important role that these and other organisations will play in the delivery of our strategy.

Healthy Wirral Strategy Development

The 5 year Healthy Wirral strategy will be published in 2020 and will be followed by an extensive period of engagement with the public, stakeholders and staff.  In order to help us develop the strategy we have completed two engagement exercises with Healthwatch Wirral and other voluntary and community sector partners. In addition to this we have held workshops with local councillors and attended local statutory committees such as the Health and Wellbeing Board to ensure that partners are engaged in the process.

 

Healthy Wirral (Long Term Plan) engagement – April 2019

As part of a national initiative we worked with Healthwatch Wirral to undertake an on line survey of Wirral residents and held workshops with local people and groups. 

This included an online survey and two focus groups with carers and people who have hearing loss.  We wanted to talk to these groups as we recognised that they have faced ongoing challenges when using health and care services.

 

The report from this initial engagement is available here.  Healthy Wirral Roadshow (Part 1) – October 2019

Taking what we learnt from our initial engagement, we took to the road in partnership with Healthwatch to talk to people directly as they went about their day to day lives.  This included visits to supermarkets and retail parks over the period of a week. 
The focus of this engagement was to start to talk to people about the NHS Long Term Plan and what it means to them as well as talking about helping people stay well in communities. Here are some of the things we did during the week:

17,500 information leaflets distributed
300 direct conversations with Wirral people
427 respondents to survey during the roadshow
Feature of BBC Radio Merseyside with 750, 000 listeners
5500 social media views
PPG forum
Third Sector Forum
30 recorded video stories from people

During the week people told us that they knew that the NHS needed to change but wanted to understand more about what needs to happen.  There was strong agreement that there should be a focus on helping people lead healthier lives and encourage more self-care.  People said they understood how health and care services as well as the voluntary sector working together can help support people better.

This engagement helped us in our development of our 5 Year Healthy Wirral Strategy which has resulted in a focus on Neighbourhood working and Place Based Care.