Keep up-to-date with info, events and opportunities for engagement with the Inclusion Health agenda.
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July 2018
Health Bulletin

As members of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, we seek to promote the Inclusion Health agenda, to act as a bridge between policy makers and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, families and individuals, and to do so in collaboration with other Gypsy, Roma and Traveller organisations and their respective networks.

Continue reading for relevant information and opportunities to engage.

Research and Briefings

This month, there are a number of briefings and reports we would like to draw your attention to:
  • Friends, Families and Travellers: '‘We look after our own’: Dementia in Gypsy and Traveller communities'. View the briefing here.
  • NHS England: Annual Report. Find it here.
  • Citizens Advice: 'The roadblock to recovery: How mental health practitioners deal with people’s practical problems in England'. View the report here.
We have begun two pieces of research on Digital Inclusion and on Primary Care in Gypsy and Traveller communities and hope to publish the findings at the end of summer. 

Inclusion Health Audit Tool

This month, we launched an Inclusion Health Audit Tool for VCSE organisations.

The online tool allows VCSE organisations to audit and improve their work with the groups in the UK experiencing the worst health inequalities. Upon completion of the tool organisations are given a tailored guide outlining steps they can take to embed action on tackling health inequalities into their organisations everyday activities, as well as resources and tools to make the process as straightforward as possible.

Find out more and take the tool at

Upcoming HWAlliance events

Webinar: “What if they leave her sitting in the corner?” Securing long-term care and support for disabled adults
9th August, 11am | Register here

Webinar: Everything you need to know about the Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard
7th August, 2pm | Register here

How the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector supports resilience for individuals, communities and specific groups
6th September, 12:30pm | NHS Expo, Manchester
We have complimentary tickets for NHS Expo (the biggest NHS event of the year) for members of the voluntary sector. If you would like to get a free ticket, just reply to this email.
Opportunities to engage

NHS England have launched a consultation on Evidence-Based Interventions to ensure they are using the most effective interventions. Have your say. There are also two events on 22 August in Leeds and 23 August in London to find out more. Email for more information.

Brap, an equality charity based in Birmingham is undertaking a project on behalf of NHS England to better understand the experience of cancer patients from ethnic minority backgrounds in order to help the NHS to improve the way it approaches care in the future. If you know of Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community members who would like to take part, get in touch.

News and Announcements

We are recruiting for an experienced Health Policy Officer to support our work on the Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Find out more.

NHS England Community grants of up to £2500 to highlight patient and public involvement in the voluntary sector up for grabs. Find out more.

Social prescribing schemes across England to receive £4.5 million (including a scheme which we are part of!) The funding will allow GPs to refer more patients to social activities and other types of support to improve health and wellbeing and reduce demand on NHS services. Find out more.

NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens; has identified mental health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, children’s services and health inequalities as the top priorities for the NHS 10-year plan, which will be unveiled in the autumn. We have been working  closely with policy leads to ensure that the inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities are considered when making the 10-year plan and are extremely pleased that tackling health inequalities is one of the main agreed priorities going forward.

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Quote of the Month
"If I were Prime Minister for a day, I would make the NHS better so everyone can get the care they need."
Lavinia, 12 years old, Roma
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