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Healthwatch Oldham has released its report ‘Your Child – Your Health Choices’.


Healthwatch Oldham has released a report which reviews their involvement and findings from the demographic data collected within the 'Your Child - Your Health Choices' Project. The project included 209 Health Literacy Questionnaires and 7 in depth interviews undertaken with parents with children under 5 within the Failsworth GP Cluster.

Healthwatch Oldham's specific role in this project was to gather patient experiences from a locality and age group we historically had little contact with and identify people who may want to become more involved with Healthwatch.

Please note this document compliments the report produced by Jacqui Greenfield at the end of the project and does not replace it.  We appreciate that this is a year on from the end of Phase 1 of the project but felt the data was still important to share with you.

From the in depth interviews the following key messages arose;

  • The need for clear visual information available in GP waiting rooms on mental health and mental health services that could be accessed for information and/or support
  • The need for the same Health Care provider that parents could trust, who listened to them and knew them and their children
  • All participants were satisfied with the support and level of care provided by a healthcare provider with Health Visitors receiving the best feedback in relation to overall satisfaction
  • Participants cited; Feeling comfortable, trust, being listened to and having the same Healthcare Provider who knew them and their children as the essential basis to a good relationship with a Healthcare Provider.
  • The majority of participants felt they had sufficient information to actively manage their health particularly around a healthy diet for their children but not necessarily themselves
  • All participants either had or were currently experiencing mental health issues including post traumatic distress, depression and anxiety.

You can access the full report and an executive summary below this article:





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