Health in Mid Hampshire Project

Health In Mid Hampshire: older people, community referral and social isolation.

Action Hampshire was commissioned by Mid Hampshire Better Local Care*, to carry out some research into health and wellbeing in Mid Hampshire.

There were three main strands to this project:

  • older people’s experiences of healthcare;
  • community support solutions (social prescribing); and
  • social isolation.

1. Older People’s experiences of local healthcare.

Carrying out in-depth interviews with 34 local older people to better understand their experiences of health interventions and what could have improved them. We focussed on older people with multiple heath conditions – physical and/or mental.
You can download the resulting reports here:

2. Community support solutions

A research based project working with the voluntary and community sector, as well as local health bodies, to understand the real and perceived barriers preventing clinical access to community services, and the services seeking to remove these barriers. This project also looks at how well GPs are using social prescribing, what is getting in the way and how we can improve this, to enable GPs to better connect people with community services available in the area.
The resulting report will be downloadable from this page soon.

3. Social isolation

This element of the project looked at the nature, risks and factors contributing to social isolation, and how these impact on people’s health and wellbeing. This report is called Social isolation and its impacts on health and wellbeing in Mid Hampshire.
You can download the resulting reports here:

Please use and share these reports!

We hope that the key findings and points for consideration will help us all to improve services and help more people access the right support, at the right time and place.

We would like to give our very grateful thanks to all the people who so generously and openly gave us their time, experience and expertise.

If you would like us to post out some professionally printed versions of the summaries, we’d be happy to do so. Please contact Helena Kondziela to request copies.

If you would like to discuss this research in further detail, please contact Kirsty Rowlinson 01962 857355

*Better Local Care is a partnership between local NHS and care organisations, GPs and charities which all believe there is a better way to plan and deliver care in Hampshire.
The aim of Better Local Care is to simplify how we all access health and social care in our communities by removing the red tape that often causes delays and frustration. This will help us to get the care we need at the right time, in the right place, by the right person.