Health Inequalities

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It is important that our work helps to reduce health inequalities in Shropshire. As part of this, we need to address the root causes of inequalities which include low educational attainment and skills, low income, poor quality housing and poor access to services, amongst many other factors.

 

Click here to find out about Shropshire Health & Wellbeing Board and partners’ ongoing work around warm homes and fuel poverty.

 

Shropshire 0-25 Autism Needs Assessment published

Shropshire’s Children’s Trust has published an Autism Needs Assessment for children and young people aged 0-25 across the region.

The needs assessment was developed in collaboration between Shropshire Council, Shropshire CCG, the voluntary and community sector and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. It includes information from parents and carers, schools and providers of services. The needs assessment highlights information about prevalence, level of need and access to services.

Click here to read the full document.

 

Welsh Affairs Committee Inquiry into Cross Border Health Arrangements (Aug-Nov 2014)Rural1

In August 2014 Shropshire Council (Cllr Karen Calder, Portfolio Holder for Health and Professor Rod Thomson, Director of Public Health) submitted a response to the to the Welsh Affairs Committee inquiry into cross border health arrangements. They highlighted some of the difficulites experienced by residents living on one side of the border, but accessing services on the other side of the border. The differences in service provision, access to some treatments and waiting times were also stated.

As information is released from the inquiry it will be published here. To read responses to the inquiry from members of the public and health professionals, please click here.

Shropshire Organ and Tissue Donation Survey 2014

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During summer 2014 Shropshire’s Public Health department and Health and Wellbeing Board undertook a research project to gather the views of Shropshire residents in regard to organ and tissue donation. The research project came as a result of a Full Council debate about organ and tissue donation during late 2013. During this debate, the merits of the current England ‘opt-in’ policy and Welsh ‘opt-out’ policy (to commence from December 2015) were discussed.

The objective of this research was to ascertain whether residents supported the current ‘opt-in’ policy or favoured a move to ‘opt-out’.

Main results:

  • We received 1179 completed responses to the survey.
  • 76% of respondents were in favour of an ‘opt-out’ scheme or an ‘opt-out’ scheme if certain measures were in place.
  • 68% of respondents were female.
  • The majority of respondents (61%) would like to receive information on organ donation via leaflets available in pharmacies, GP practices or dentist surgeries.

Next Steps

The results of the survey have been presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board (August 2014) and Full Council (December 2014). The following recommendations were proposed and accepted at Full Council:

  • The Health and Wellbeing Board asks that Full Council accept these results as indicative of the views of the population of Shropshire.
  • The Health and Wellbeing Board advises Full Council of its resolution to send this report to the county’s Members of Parliament, the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, and to the Health and Wellbeing Board Regional Network. It is hoped that this process will spark national debate around the topic of organ donation.
  • Following the evidence received, the Health & Wellbeing Board recommends that Council lobbies central government to consult all English residents to determine their views on adopting an opt-out system for organ donation.
  • The Health and Wellbeing Board recommends that Council continues to monitor the changes to the scheme in Wales (due to commence from 1st December 2015).

You can read the Shropshire Newsroom article here.

Health Inequalities Consultations, Events and Workshops:

Consultation Date Aim Key Findings Feedback Responses
Welsh Affairs   Committee Inquiry into Cross Border Health Arrangements August 2014 To gather the   evidence around cross border health arrangements between Shropshire and   neighbouring Welsh authorities. Shropshire   Council submitted evidence around Public Health’s inability to recharge Welsh   authorities for provision of Sexual Health services, variations in screening   services, the health check and concerns around ambulance services.You can read   the published evidence here. Evidence was   gathered from professionals, practitioners and Councillors. The public was   encouraged to submit evidence via the online forum. Once the Welsh   Affairs Committee has published its findings, these will be made available on   this page.
Organ and   Tissue Donation Survey Summer 2014 Seek the views   of the population in regard to an opt-in or opt-out system for organ donation. 1179 complete responses. Findings: 76% of respondents were in   favour of an ‘opt-out’ scheme or an ‘opt-out’ scheme if certain other   measures were in place. 68% of respondents were female. To read the full   report, please click   here. The majority of respondents wanted to receive further   information on organ donation through the following mediums: leaflets left in   pharmacies/GP practices/dentists (61%) or by researching online (57%). The results of   the survey have presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board (Aug 2014) and   Full Council (Dec 2014). To read about the next steps, please click   here.
Rural Health   Survey July 2013 Seeking views   of people in rural areas to help understanding of rural health needs. See   further here. Concerns about   fuel poverty, transport and digital exclusion were highlighted Summary of the   findings, click here HWBB November   Report, click here
Health   Inequalities workshop January 2013 Engage with   stakeholders at annual HWBB Conference Priorities:1.preparing   vulnerable adults for benefit reform2.reducing isolation and poor links Summary of   notes, click here

Useful links:

Health Inequalities Workshop – January 2013
Rural Health Survey Findings 2013
Welsh Affairs Committee Inquiry into Cross Border Health Arrangements
Shropshire Council Consultation Pages