Testing and promoting a shared information directory

screen garb of the home page of the Community Information DirectoryThanks to the hard work of colleagues in Dudley Libraries service and adult social care a new, enhanced version of the Dudley Community Information Directory went live a week ago.

There are new sections, with all the sections easily identified by large colourful icon menu buttons. Sections include care and support, transport, learning, money, and sport and leisure. Each section has a helpful overview and clearly signposted sub-sections. It looks like a really good resource, now with an embedded NHS choices box up front on the home page, making searching for GP, dentist and pharmacies really easy. 

Through Building Health Partnerships we are seeking to develop an evidence base which can inform promotion and wide use of the Community Information Directory. We are asking people with different interests and roles to give feedback on using it, and we have developed a few questions to guide conversations. If you’d like to give us your feedback, please visit the directory and have a look around, try searching for something you’re interested in. You can then give us feedback by leaving a reply on this blog post, or completing a short online survey. Or if you prefer to jot things down, you can download and print off a copy of the survey – please return it to Dale Pickin, Dudley CVS, 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3EE.

Who we will be asking to give feedback

  • Helen and Rob from Dudley CCG) will be asking Patient Participation Group members for feedback. Dudley CCG will also ask a group of GPs to look at and comment on the Community Information Directory and ways that it might be utilised in GP practices.
  • Andy Gray will be asking Dudley CVS staff to use the survey with groups and local residents, and inviting Dudley CVS Board members to give feedback. Dudley CVS have also emailed their members inviting them to complete the online survey.
  • We’re running a session on the Community Information Directory at Dudley Carers Forum in February.
  • The Healthwatch Dudley Team will be asking their board members and volunteers for feedback.
  • Jody Pritchard from the Office of Public Health will ask some Health Trainers to give feedback  and colleagues in adult social care will be asked to gather feedback from people they support.

When we’ve analysed the feedback we’ll share it on this blog.

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