Local residents influence new health strategy

Views we collected from people - like better support for children's mental health - are reflected in a draft of the strategy.
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The views of local people have helped shape a draft health and wellbeing strategy which is now out for residents to comment on.

Two of the five top priorities set out in the draft Berkshire West Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-2030, had been chosen by focus groups run by Healthwatch Reading. Eleven themes had been initially proposed by councils, which run public health teams, in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire, for the first joint health and wellbeing strategy covering all three areas.

Top 5 priorities in the draft strategy

  1. Reduce the differences in health between different groups of people
  2. Support individuals at high risk of bad health outcomes to live healthy lives
  3. Help children and families in early years
  4. Promote good mental health and wellbeing for all children and young people
  5. Promote good mental health and wellbeing for all adults

Priorities 1 and 4 were chosen by focus groups run by Healthwatch Reading.
A survey of 3,967 people (1,200 in Reading) was also used to decide the top 5.

The public now has until 4 August 2021 to comment on the draft, before it goes to each council’s health and wellbeing board for formal approval.

Previously, each of the three councils drew up their own strategy. However they are working closer together to mirror joint NHS decision-making for the three areas.

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