COPD and Health Inequalities

COPD and Health Inequalities
The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast
COPD and Health Inequalities

Oct 10 2023 | 00:26:24

Episode 126 October 10, 2023 00:26:24

Show Notes

Welcome to the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing (SEW) podcast!

In this episode, COPD and Health Inequalities, our hosts Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Andrew Tresidder are joined by Wendy Coward from Healthwatch Somerset and Emma Savage from NHS Somerset to discuss what Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is and what health inequalities are, how they are connected, and why a new COPD initiative based in Bridgwater has been launched as part of NHS England’s Core20PLUS5 approach.

Please see the show notes below for details of the Living well with COPD focus group event to be held on the 2nd of November 2023.

The SEW podcast is a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew Tresidder, Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Sarah Coope. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation. The show is aimed at the people of Somerset and beyond; the advice and guidance provided should apply to anybody who needs it, whenever they need it.

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Please note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NHS or any other organisation unless expressly stated


Bridgwater COPD Project  – Respiratory disease is a major cause of ill-health and death in Somerset, and there are more cases of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Bridgwater than many other areas of England and the county. Through this community engagement project we want to improve diagnosis, care, and support for people in Bridgwater who have COPD.


November 2nd 2023 - Living well with COPD (Bridgwater focus group) – We are working with Evolving Communities CIC, independently on behalf of NHS Somerset, to help Bridgwater residents who have COPD to live healthy and full lives. We are connecting with local people who have COPD, as well as their families, friends and carers, to understand what support is needed to help those with COPD to get information, access health and care services, and take action to live well.

We are looking for people with COPD who live in Bridgwater to join our focus group discussion. £25 vouchers will be provided to those who are invited to attend, and if you volunteer to become a Community Connector or to feature as a case study, you will be entered into a prize draw and could win a £100 supermarket voucher.

Contact Details

If you are interested in joining the discussion group, please send your name and contact details to Wendy Coward, Project Coordinator, by email: [email protected] or text 07884 370503.


Core20PLUS5 – Core20PLUS5 is a national NHS England approach to inform action to reduce healthcare inequalities at both national and system level. The approach defines a target population – the ‘Core20PLUS’ – and identifies ‘5’ focus clinical areas requiring accelerated improvement.


Open MH - If you are an adult living in Somerset and experiencing difficulties with your mental health, we are here to help. Open Mental Health offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that anyone struggling with poor mental health can access the right support at the right time.

If you need to speak to someone please contact our team at Mindline Somerset any time of the day, any day of the week locally on 01823 276892 or freephone 0800 138 1692. Or email [email protected] for support


Somerset Emotional Wellbeing – Do you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset? Whatever you are going through, the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Colleague Resilience Hub is here for you. The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing website is here to connect you with wellbeing support when you need it. Simply enter where you work, or how you are feeling on our homepage to discover and connect with local and national support options that are open to you. 

If you work or volunteer in health and care in Somerset and need to talk, you can call our dedicated, confidential Colleague Telephone Line for help with a trained professional. If you need further support after your initial conversation you can be referred for a one-off rapid access counselling session with a psychologist or counsellor. No waiting list. If you need further help we will make sure you see the right person. Call us now on 0300 124 5595 (available six days a week, from 09:00 to 17:00)

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