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Invitations are being sent out to a sample of Warrington residents asking them to complete a borough-wide health and wellbeing survey.
Health partners across Warrington, including the council and NHS services – known collectively as Warrington Together – want to get a clear picture of the health and wellbeing of the local population.
The survey asks about a variety of topics that can all influence health and wellbeing. What residents tell us about themselves, their health and lifestyle, experience of services, views on certain issues, and how they feel the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted them is really important.
Participants have been randomly selected from data, held by NHS England, of all Warrington residents who are registered with a GP practice, and responses will be fully anonymised.
The survey will be sent to 34,000 residents from this week, as part of the largest health and wellbeing listening exercise ever undertaken in Warrington. This will provide accurate information on health and wellbeing trends across the borough.
Only Direct Data Analysis, a research company approved by NHS England to hold NHS data, and their mailing company, Central Mailing Services, will have access to the names, addresses, and ID numbers of those who have been selected to take part in the survey.
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of people in Warrington. To do this, we need to hear from you about you, your lifestyle, and more about the things that may affect your wellbeing.
“We want to do all we can to support all of our residents to feel healthy and well for as long as possible. It’s only by asking these questions, and listening to the answers, that we can make changes that will make a difference. So, if you receive a letter inviting you to take part, please complete the survey as soon as possible.”
If you receive an invitation to take part, the survey can be completed online and will take around 20 to 30 minutes.
Residents will be asked for a five-digit reference number to access the survey, which can be found at the top of their invitation letter, and they will be provided with contact details to use if they require help to complete the survey.
Cllr McLaughlin continued: “We recognise that the survey is lengthy, as it covers a wide range of areas that we know can impact your health and wellbeing. Your cooperation is voluntary, but your contribution is vital to help the council and our health partners ensure that services meet the needs of residents now, and are fit for the future.”
Thara Raj, Director of Public Health said: “We need to hear from you, so if you receive the survey I’d be very grateful for your participation.
“The insight gathered through the survey is fully anonymised and will be used by the NHS, the council, and partners across Warrington to target services and make improvements.”
If selected, participating in this important work provides the chance of winning one of twenty £50 Warrington Market vouchers, or one of ten LiveWire one month leisure passes that are available in the survey prize draw.
For more information about the health and wellbeing survey, visit the health survey webpage.