Council urges participation in health and social care inequalities survey

Image above: Hounslow House

8% of Hounslow’s population live in the 20% most deprived areas in England

Residents and communities in LB Hounslow are being urged to help shape how the Council reduces health and wellbeing inequalities across the borough.

Around 8% of the population living in Hounslow live in the 20% most deprived areas in England. The most deprived area in the borough is the area surrounding the Ivybridge estate in Isleworth, with other small areas with high deprivation in Brentford, Heston West, Cranford, Isleworth, Hanworth and Hanworth Park Wards.

Hounslow Council are calling ‘a broad range of people’ to give their views on the updated Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which sets out the health challenges the borough faces and proposals to address them, by participating in a live survey, which closes on Tuesday 25 November.

Views and opinions from this survey, as well as insights on the impact of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis in the area, will be used to refresh the borough’s existing Joint Health and Wellbeing strategy, which has been in place between 2018 and 2022.

The strategy focuses on making the greatest health impact on the lives of those who need it the most, such as young people, the elderly, and vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities. It includes four ‘at a glance’ priorities which are: getting a healthy start in life; living well; ageing well; and helping people live in healthy neighbourhoods.

The draft strategy is publicly downloadable for residents, community groups, public authorities, and other stakeholders to review. The survey should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete depending on how many parts of the survey individuals decide to answer.

Images above: Cabinet Member for Adults and Health Integration, and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Hounslow Director of Public Health Kelly O’Neill

“We are committed to identifying and removing the barriers that prevent people from being healthier”, says Council

Cabinet Member for Adults and Health Integration, and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, said:

“We are committed to identifying and removing the barriers that prevent people from being healthier, and accessing the health and care services they need, whether they are social, financial, or environmental barriers. That is why we want to hear directly from our residents and communities about their experiences, especially considering the ongoing effects of challenges such as the pandemic and the Cost-of-Living crisis.”

Director of Public Health for Hounslow, Kelly O’Neill, said:

“The pandemic exposed longstanding, unfair and avoidable differences in our residents’ experiences of health and wellbeing and brought the factors that cause health inequalities into sharper focus. We want residents to share their experiences, opinions and ideas which will help us understand the reality of accessing services in Hounslow and shape our health and wellbeing vision for the next three years.”

Printed copies of the survey and the draft Joint Health and Wellbeing strategy document are available in local libraries and Hounslow House. You can request copies of this questionnaire in alternative formats such as Easy Read and large print by contacting equalities@hounslow.gov.uk or phoning 0208 583 2336/2567/2530.

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