Yesterday I did a co design session with a lovely group of 10 or so people in Nottingham who are regulars at The Acorn Day Centre and live with complex health and care needs.

Some of the citizens and some of the staff took part in the discovery work we are doing for NHS Nottingham CCG to develop Nottingham City’s Life Improver Score.

I shared the insights with them and we had some great discussions. Even though they all had very different journeys and experiences, there are no surprises. That was reassuring! It felt as if we had got the story right.

Every piece of work throws up something new. In Nottingham, something that has emerged really strongly for all people living with long-term health issues is sleep. Lots of people we spoke to told us that they did not sleep well. Sometimes it was related to symptoms. Sometimes it was related to worries about health related issues and the future. Sometimes it was related to worries about people they care about.

There is growing evidence that a good night’s sleep is good for your health. There are strategies we can teach people to help them improve sleep. Yet, as far as I know, primary care does not support people who are struggling to improve their sleep. Is poor sleep more important than we realise?

This is something we will be exploring further over the coming months. It’s exciting to imagine the solutions we might create to improve this aspect of peoples’ lives.

We made this discovery as part of our work to develop a Life Improver Score. If you would like to learn more about ELC programmes, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.