Our report shows young people do not feel listened to by health professionals
Healthwatch Lancashire has published a report highlighting views from a group of young people following an event at Preston College in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support.
One of the main findings from the event was that 48% of the group, which included students at Preston College and representatives of Healthwatch Lancashire’s PULSE young people’s group, said that they did not feel listened to by health professions with 27% stating that they only feel listened to sometimes.
The event included a 90-minute workshop which was delivered by AFTA Thought, a drama-based training company, who encouraged the group to share their views on cancer and cancer services.
Scenarios, which were developed from real life stories provided by Macmillan Cancer Support, were presented to the group by professional actors covering issues relating to spotting the signs of cancer, diagnosis and attitudes to cancer.
Healthwatch Lancashire Communications Manager, Neil Greaves, said: “The event was extremely successful in providing the opportunity for a group of young people to voice their views about cancer and health and social care services and for Healthwatch to make sure these views are heard.”
Linda Hill, Macmillan Involvement Coordinator in the North West, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support was delighted to work in Partnership with Healthwatch Lancashire, and to also fund this event, which was a great opportunity for young people to share their experiences of cancer and how it has impacted on their lives and, more importantly, to give their views on local cancer services.”
Macmillan Cancer Support and local Healthwatch in Lancashire have teamed up to deliver a series of six events with community groups in Lancashire to understand how people are affected by cancer and to gather their views on cancer services. Events will also be organised by Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen and Healthwatch Blackpool.
It is estimated that more than one in three people will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime according to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Local Healthwatch is the voice of the public when it comes to health and social care, making sure their views and experiences are heard by those who run, plan and regulate health and social care services in their area.