Taking preventative health messages into the wider caring professions: the views of housing staff and tenants.

BLANK, Lindsay, HOLDING, Eleanor, CROWDER, Mary, BUTTERWORTH, Sally, FERRARI, Edward and GOYDER, Elizabeth (2018). Taking preventative health messages into the wider caring professions: the views of housing staff and tenants. Journal of public health (Oxford, England).

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In order to harness the potential impact of the wider public health workforce, innovative services are providing opportunities for social housing staff to extend their public health role. This study explored the views of housing professionals and social housing residents on the delivery of preventative health messages by housing staff in the context of the evaluation of the roll-out of a new service. We conducted semi structured interviews with 21 neighbourhood housing officers, 4 managers and 30 social housing tenants to understand their views on the widening role and the potential impact on the preventative healthcare messages being delivered. Neighbourhood officers were willing to discuss existing health conditions with tenants; but they often did not feel comfortable discussing their lifestyle choices. Most tenants also reported that they would feel discussions around lifestyle behaviours to be intrusive and outside the remit of housing staff. Resistance to discussions of lifestyle topics during home visits was found among both housing staff and tenants. Appropriate staff training and the development of strong and trusting relationships between officers and tenants is needed, if similar programmes to extend the role of housing staff are to succeed in terms of health impact.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From PubMed via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: eissn 1741-3850 **Article IDs: pubmed: 30304525; pii: 5125685 **History: received 14-02-2018; submitted 14-02-2018; accepted 17-09-2018
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdy175
SWORD Depositor: Margaret Boot
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2018 10:29
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 03:26
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23095

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