A four-week consultation is now under way to better understand how Liverpool residents are currently feeling and the factors and barriers that contribute to their feelings of wellness.
Public Health is currently working to develop a single-entry point service that will help our communities overcome the barriers they face and achieve and maintain their wellbeing with a new “Integrated Wellness Service” (IWS).
Residents could address either a lifestyle behaviour, such as smoking or weight management, or access support for their mental health and other issues that might be negatively impacting on their health, for example debt, loneliness or bereavement.
The purpose of this survey is to listen to “how well” Liverpool residents currently feel and help ensure the proposals can appropriately meet future needs.
It will start by understanding strengths of individuals – including what makes them feel good and the positive things they could do to feel better.
It will also look at the challenges people face, and the help required to overcome them.
Responses received will be analysed and the findings will be used to shape more detailed questions for a series of one-to-one interviews and focus groups throughout the year.
The survey is open to anyone who lives in Liverpool, and the aim is to start delivery of the new service from autumn 2023.
Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health, Cllr Frazer Lake said:
“Good wellness can make the difference between surviving and thriving, and is so much more than access to health care.
The IWS would have a strong mental wellbeing foundation and support people to improve their life outcomes.
Wellness services currently exist locally to help and support people to live well, but they don’t always address behaviours or issues that are often interrelated – and current evidence shows that integrating these services is the most effective model for improving wellness.
I want to encourage as many people as possible to feedback and help us understand how the proposed new service should be developed to meet the needs of local people.”