BA (Hons) Health and Social Care students help influence Nottingham Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Students on the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care course helped influence the strategic direction of the next Nottingham Health and Wellbeing strategy by taking part in a student focus group.

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Students influence Health and Wellbeing strategy

Students on the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care course helped influence the strategic direction of the next Nottingham Health and Wellbeing strategy by taking part in a student focus group. The focus group was held on 27 November 2015 as part of the city council’s wider consultation on what is important to Nottingham citizens in relation to their health and wellbeing.

The session was facilitated by James Rhodes, Strategy Insight Manager for Strategy and Commissioning at Nottingham City Council, alongside Tim Harrison and Ann McCarthy, Senior Lecturers in the School of Social Sciences.

The Health and Wellbeing Board are in the process of developing their next strategy for implementation in 2016. A key part of the development is ensuring that the strategy is informed by the views of citizens, service providers and frontline workers. The initial engagement has been designed to find out what is important to people in regards to health and wellbeing.

Tim Harrison, Senior lecturer in Health and Social Care, said: “We were approached by James to see if we could help – the city council had realised that within their wider consultation, the student population had not been considered. Health and Social Care students have an appreciation of the wider determinants of health via the public health messages conveyed in our teaching.

“The student focus group was made up of a diverse group of our student cohort. Through the process the volunteers gained valuable experience and realised the significance of their voice.”

One of the major barriers identified by students was the accessibility of information, with individuals unaware of what was available in terms of services and activities in their local area. In response to this the students provided a range of suggestions including the creation a single service directory, an orientation guide for new arrivals to the City and a single ‘What’s On’ guide outlining the offer within communities and the City. They also suggested highlighting more health promotion messages through a variety of approaches, including adverts, campaigns, active engagement and workshops.

BA (Hons) Health and Social Care students help influence Nottingham Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Published on 9 March 2016
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