Safe and Wellbeing Visits: Driving forward population health improvements using the fire service in County Durham
PHE ePoster Library. Connor N. 09/12/19; 274431; 228
Natalie Connor
Natalie Connor
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Abstract Safe and Wellbeing Visits (SWV) were introduced in 2016 by County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, to expand on previous home safety checks, with a focus on preventative health as well as fire. It is essential that public health programmes are evaluated, however, public health policy is ideally informed from robust RCTs which raises questions around translation of research to ‘real world' practice. A co-production approach involving academics and practitioners can lead to translational research, benefiting from differing skill sets and experience. This abstract highlights the co-production evaluation of a SWV service between a university, a public health department and a fire service. A mixed methods approach was used to analyse SWV referral data, with focus groups (N = 7) and interviews (N = 16) used to explore the experiences of service beneficiaries, delivery staff and partners. As part of the evaluation, researchers also spent time embedding into the local fire service, learning about the processes involved in shaping and delivering the SWV intervention. Analysis of the quantitative data showed high levels of engagement to services with referrals for dementia, loneliness and isolation, and a Warm Home scheme. Qualitative analysis of the focus groups and interviews allowed a number of key strategic and operational themes to emerge. Following on from the evaluation, the SWV service has been re-shaped, an action plan developed between the fire service and the local authority to implement service improvements, and a greater understanding of co-managing evaluations between partners has been established. External funding details
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