COVID-19: Local Research and Insight

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have generated two research or ‘insight’ reports in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area. The first has a focus on remote and video consultations, while the second is about local people’s experiences during the pandemic.

Here are some headlines from the reports:

  • Around half of panellists (54%) are concerned about their emotional wellbeing and mental health, with this significantly higher amongst women and younger age groups
  • In a considerable change since last year, almost two-thirds of panelists (64%) are now comfortable with a video consultation (assuming it is with a health care professional they already know)
  • However there is a perception from some panellists that it may be difficult to access health and care services, particularly for support with mental health (49% of panellists feel it would be difficult) and for outpatient appointments (51% of panellists feel it would be difficult). This perceived difficulty is driven in part by the socio-economic and age divide, with people living in North Somerset, South Bristol or Inner City Bristol, people with long-term conditions, and people aged 45 - 64 or 64 - 74 years old more likely to perceive it as difficult to access services.

To download and view these reports please click the following links:




Citizens' Panel

The Citizens' Panel (also known as the Healthier Together Panel)

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Knowing what local people think about health and care issues is really important to us. We want you to have your say and help influence decisions about health and care services.

What is the Citizens’ Panel?

The panel is a great way to gather insights from a representative sample of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire population.

Insights from this panel will be used to shape and influence our plans for the future of health and care. This is in addition to other established engagement and involvement activities that take place across our partner organisations.

We will publish the results of all surveys as they become available.

How do we recruit to the panel?

Jungle Green is a Bristol-based market research agency that is working on behalf of Healthier Together and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) to support the Citizens’ Panel.

Jungle Green invite people to join the panel using a range of methods including face-to-face recruitment in local shopping centres and high streets.

Even if you haven’t been approached about joining the Citizens’ Panel, there are other ways to get involved…

Have your say in the development of our Five Year System Plan.

Take a look at our latest news and events sections of the website for details of opportunities.

Follow us on Twitter @HTBNSSG

Become a volunteer lay representative, supporting work of specific programme areas (these opportunities are promoted as they become available).

For further information or to let us know if you’d like to provide ideas around how health and services could be improved in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, please get in touch.