SRA have worked with a number of Health Trusts to understand public attitudes and experience of services. SRA’s expertise in research with diverse social groups has been particularly useful in this respect. These studies have been used to inform service priorities, particularly when planning to become arm’s length providers’.
For Walsall Community Health, SRA
conducted a patient survey and a series of discussion groups
with specific groups of service users. This research
produced a number of recommendations for service priorities.
For Dudley Community Health SRA
conducted a series of focus groups to assist with the
options appraisal process
For County Durham PCT SRA conducted
focus groups and workshop sessions with service users,
providers and referrers, to assess support for arts-based
therapy for the prevention of low-level mental health
problems. A survey of stakeholders was also conducted.
Working with the Nursing and
Midwifery Council SRA conducted research with staff and
members to gauge perceptions of current service levels and
suggestions for future improvements.
A related area of expertise is in the
assessment of heath needs for diverse communities. SRA are
currently working with South West Essex PCT to produce two
health needs assessments for BME and Gypsy and Traveller
patients in area. In both cases SRA's approach has focused on in
depth desktop research to inform a thorough research programme
with service users and stakeholders.
SRA have also conducted research on public attitudes to health
issues. For North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus research
assessed public knowledge and attitudes to sexual health and
contraception. SRA used this research to subsequently develop a
social marketing strategy to guide future awareness work in the