Providing a safe community environment for men to learn about their health and access checks
The Wellness For Men campaign launched as a pilot scheme in October 2022, and ran for an initial six weeks in partnership with Leacroft Practice in Crawley before being extended through to March 2023. The programme aimed to help men to not only identify their health needs, but also provide them with a supporting environment to speak with a member of our team and access information and guidance on healthcare.
The programme offered:
- Wellbeing checks
- Referrals for NHS checks
- Blood pressure checks
- Pulse checks
- Help with registering at a GP Practice
- Information about prostate cancer
- General health concerns
A lot has been learnt thanks to the project in Crawley. Under the guidance of our Equity Manager – and with the support of the Complete Communities Care Programme – we have been afforded a greater understanding of the needs of people who haven’t registered with a GP, men of working age and also men who don’t have access to a phone.
The initiative has helped us to understand the strength in linking to other partners such as Crawley Wellbeing, Nuffield Health, Menshare, employment and prevention teams and using our collective knowledge to pilot new ways in which to engage with men about their health.
We have since consolidated our learning and used the findings to inform our strategy going forward.
This is part of the Complete Care Community Programme, a national programme that supports Primary Care Networks to identify and narrow health inequalities in their local area. The Programme encourages local networks to adopts a systematic approach to addressing the wider determinants of health inequalities including using data to inform action. It also supports Core20PLUS5, the national NHS England approach to reducing healthcare inequalities.