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Let’s hear it for women’s health – Health inequalities report


Healthwatch Kirklees and Healthwatch Calderdale worked together to find out how women of different demographic statuses view their health and wellbeing.

In this report, you’ll find:
• A summary of our findings.
• The impact of finance on women’s health and wellbeing.
• Insight into the views of female carers and what they say they need to improve their health and wellbeing.
• Insight into the barriers faced by disabled women and women with long-term conditions when looking after or improving their health and wellbeing, as well as their ideas for improvements.
• How women’s employment status affects health and wellbeing.

By Healthwatch Kirklees and Healthwatch Calderdale
Engagement Inequalities Health Inequalities women's health

The experiences of ethnic minority carers

Healthwatch Kirklees want to support the Carers Strategy Group in Kirklees to understand the experience of ethnic minority carers as it is felt their voice is under-represented.

We engaged with ethnic minority carers in the community and in local support groups, asking about their experience as unpaid carers, how this impacts their lives and whether anything could be done differently to better support them in their role. We also asked if faith, culture, gender or ethnicity impacted peoples experience as a carer.

By Healthwatch Kirklees

Why don’t South Asian people access learning disability services as much as other groups in Kirklees?

Kirklees has a higher than national average number of ethnic minorities. These communities generally have lower interactions with services and for South Asian people with learning disabilities, this is further exacerbated since people with learning disabilities and their carers can be isolated socially and when it comes to accessing NHS or social care services.

Long term health conditions Inequalities

Health and Social care inequalities for new migrant communities

Evidence shows that physical and mental health outcomes are worse for people who are not born within the UK.

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Final Report

Incorrectly issued penalty charges

Over the past two years we have heard stories from patients about penalty charges from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Penalty notices are sent to patients who have incorrectly claimed free dental or prescription charges. The charges include the cost of the treatment and also a penalty fine of up to £100.00.

National work Dentistry Inequalities
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Problems with wheelchair provision in Kirklees

In early March 2017 we received information from patients in Kirklees and Calderdale, who had used the posture and mobility service, that they were concerned over long waiting lists and equipment which was unfit for purpose.

We also found that positive feedback was submitted to the Healthwatch Calderdale website from some patients who did not have complex or changing needs.

Social care Council and Clinical Commissioning Group Inequalities

Adult Autism in Kirklees

Healthwatch Kirklees and Healthwatch Calderdale were contacted by a few adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) who were concerned about complications around diagnosis and accessing services locally.

Long term health conditions Inequalities

Support services for people with ME/CFS

The Calderdale and Kirklees Independent ME Support group raised various issues with Healthwatch Kirklees regarding diagnosis, stigma and support for people with ME.

The ME group asked Healthwatch to support them with sharing their experience with local Clinical Commissioning Groups.

By Stacey Appleyard
Long term health conditions Inequalities