13 Jun 2022

St Helens Cares – the integrated health and care system in St Helens which sees organisations working together to improve outcomes for residents – is conducting a residents’ survey to understand how people are feeling about living in the borough of St Helens.

The big survey asks specific questions based on the three focus priorities for St Helens Cares: mental wellbeing, healthy weight and resilient communities, in particular asking about mental wellbeing, lifestyles (eating and exercise), and how they interact with NHS and voluntary community services.

The Health and Social Care Bill has now received its Royal Assent which will see the Health and Care Act introduce measures to tackle the COVID-19 backlogs and rebuild health and social care services following the pandemic. It will also contain measures to tackle health disparities and create safer, more joined-up services that will put the health and care system on a more sustainable footing.  As part of this, we will be working as the ‘place’ of St Helens going forward to do just this and improve the lives of residents, supporting them to live well and remain independent for as long as possible.

Mark Palethorpe, Executive Director of Integrated Health and Social Care at St Helens CCG and St Helens Borough Council said: “I would encourage all residents to get involved in this and take our ‘big quiz’.  It is still early days, but we want to know how residents feel in relation to these priorities and what they think so we can feed this into shaping the programmes of work to suit the most pressing needs.  This will help us not only shape the future workstreams but there is also opportunities to work more closely with us to feed into decision making about these priorities going forward.”

Cllr Marlene Quinn, Cabinet Member for Integrated Care at St Helens Borough Council, added: “We really want all St Helens residents to get involved as we want to get as many views as possible in order to get a picture of how people are feeling at the moment – following everything that has happened with the pandemic over the past two years and implications around health and wellbeing this has brought for many.  The survey is open until the end of June so please take 10 minutes to fill it in and play your part in the shaping the future of health and care in the borough.

The survey for everyone over 16 can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BWR6LTP

It takes around 10 minutes to complete and is totally anonymous.

Children aged under 16 also have their own survey they can complete here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BWWNSJJ


Further information on St Helens Cares:

St Helens Cares was established in 2018 to improve the care for residents and address the growing pressures on health and social care.

Made up of a wide number of public sector providers including NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG); St Helens Borough Council, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust; housing group, Torus and voluntary sector partners – St Helens Cares is an integrated approach in supporting people to live well, with a focus on preventing the need for health and social care by supporting people to remain independent for as long as possible.

The current priorities of St Helens Cares are focused on mental wellbeing, healthy weight and creating resilient communities and working with communities and partners to co-design actions and set goals to tackle these challenges which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.