We worked with West Sussex County Council to better understand the experiences and needs of residents using health, social care and other services. The research was part of a wider Needs Assessments programme for Health and Social Care carried out by the West Sussex Health and Well-Being Board.
The focus was on the Needs Assessment for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups within West Sussex. In particular, we aimed to:
- obtain a detailed understanding of the wellbeing and health and social care needs of the BAME population
- identify gaps in service provision and the extent to which existing services meet the needs of the population
- determine the barriers and enablers to accessing services and exploring what changes are required in order for those barriers to be overcome
- identify priorities for action and indicators for monitoring progress towards change.
We recruited and trained a team of community researchers (see photo!) who were out and about and engaged with over 100 people from BAME communities over the summer of 2015. Community researchers also contributed to the analysis of the data and reviewed the final report prepared by The Young Foundation.
The findings and recommendations are summarized under four key areas of focus:
- Life and wellbeing in West Sussex
- Using health and social care services
- Tackling taboos (mental health and domestic abuse)
- Community assets