Health on the margins – Leeds GATE Conference 2015

We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with Friends, Families and Travellers we are holding a conference on 26th February 2015 in central Birmingham.

The conference, Health on the margins – commissioning to tackle health inequalities in Gypsy and Traveller communities, will share learning from a joint project to map and influence commissioning structures in new health architecture.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Olivia Butterworth, Head of Patient and Public Voice, NHS England
  • Ann Marie Connolly, Director of Health Equity and Place, Public Health England
  • Dr Jessica Allen, Deputy Director, Institute of Health Equity, UCL

To book click here.

English Gypsy and Irish Traveller people are among those experiencing the most significant inequality in healthcare access and outcomes in the UK, including low life expectancy, high co-morbidity, poor mental health, poor infant and maternal outcomes.

Health inequalities are estimated to cost the UK economy £5.5 billion every year according to The Institute of Health Equity at University College London.  In seeking to address this, the Health and Social Care Act (2012) put in place legal duties on Clinical Commissioning Groups to reduce health inequality.

This conference will focus on commissioning outcomes for Gypsy and Traveller people.  We will explore ways that improved health and wellbeing outcomes, and reduction of costs associated with health inequality, can be secured via integrated and culturally sensitive commissioning and service provision based in effective local relationships.

Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Public Health, Healthwatch and local communities all have a role in reducing health inequality. Recognition of the role of patients and carers in achieving good health outcomes is creating opportunities and responsibilities to build new relationships which place patients and communities, including Gypsies and Travellers, at the heart of design and delivery of the services they need. Effective commissioning requires detailed knowledge, local relationships, and cultural competence. If health outcomes are going to improve, Gypsy and Traveller people’s experiences, and the business case for responding to them, must be clearly articulated within local evidence, commissioning and procurement.

Two of the foremost Gypsy and Traveller organisations – Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange and Friends, Families and Travellers – in cooperation with a range of other organisations – have worked together on the National Gypsy and Traveller Health Inclusion Project. Learning from this strategic 3-year project, as well as first hand case study experiences, will be shared at the conference on 26 February.

We will examine commissioning and implementation support identified and developed during the project to include:-

  • cost benefit of reducing health inequality
  • best practice guides and toolkits
  • turning up the volume of local public and patient voices
  • innovative people centred solutions
  • building relationships and improving local evidence

We hope you can join us!

Posted in General News on November 19th, 2014

Advocacy Service Evaluation

Leeds GATE are seeking to appoint a consultant to produce an evaluation of our Advocacy Service based on a Social Return on Investment model.

This work will inform the development of our much valued Advocacy Service and provide us with an opportunity for reflection and learning.

Please see our Project Brief for more info!

Posted in General News on November 11th, 2014

Negotiated Stopping policy leads to new temporary site in Leeds

A site earmarked for use by Gypsies and Travellers at Kidacre Street is being hailed as a potential solution to a cycle of encampment and eviction for Travellers in Leeds.

The site, which has been empty for a number of years, offers an interim solution for the city while council plans to expand the current Cottingley Springs Travellers site are being looked at by the Secretary of State and other permanent sites are sought. Read more

Posted in General News on October 31st, 2014

service evaluation is good news!

20141025_150649-1Leeds GATE people spend a lot of time celebrating things and we are at it again! This time it is the findings of a ‘rapid service evaluation’ which you can read here.  We commissioned the evaluation for a number of practical reasons around PQASSO accreditation and of course for our funders.  But the main reason for the evaluation was the desire to answer the question “are we doing what we say we are doing?”  The answer seems to be “yes! (but you aren’t reporting it enough)”.

Especially for the people who govern Leeds GATE via their participation in the Executive Board, it is really important that they don’t just take the word of the staff team, or indeed other members accessing our service.  The Executive Board members know that they can benefit greatly from an external, well qualified, person taking a gander ‘under the bonnet’ so to speak. Read more

Posted in General News on October 25th, 2014
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