Findings from pilot survey on young people’s views on health and care services

Healthwatch Coventry built a partnership with key staff at Tile Hill Wood School for Girls, which enabled us to work with some pupils and carry out a survey to find out what health-related issues mattered most to them.
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Through the schools assembly process, all students were presented with information about Healthwatch to support them to start thinking having the opportunity to be involved.  

We offered all Year 9 students (aged 13-14 years) the opportunity to complete an online survey to find out what is important to them about their own personal health and well-being.  

A very good response rate of 119 responses was received, which equates to the majority of the year group.

We found that:

  • Mental health was seen as an important topic for health and well-being, with 80% of the girls feeling it was very important or important
  • 73% felt strongly about the importance of physical activity
  • Half of the sample considered body image to be important and 46% said that sexual health was important
  • Most would not look within the school setting for help, information and/or advice about their health and well-being. Nearly 60% of the sample group would look within their family/friendship circle for this
  • 78 students said it was highly unlikely they would use a telephone helpline for advice
  • 40% said they would be likely or very likely to look for information on the internet However, a quarter of the group said it was highly unlikely that they would use the internet
  • The responses show the young people would be less likely to seek help from a pharmacy than a GP or a nurse. 
  • It appears from the comments that the girls have made that they are generally happy with the services they receive but consider the waiting times to be too long.  


Findings for survey of Year 9 pupils at Tile Hill Wood School for Girls

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