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How important is trust between Gypsies, Travellers and Roma people and health services?

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By Helen Jones |  February 20, 2017 |

These are important questions that a team of researchers from Dundee and York universities and Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (Leeds GATE) are investigating. It is well known that Gypsies and Travellers have poor health compared to other groups in the UK. We also know that they use health services less (or later on a health journey when things are more acute).

Dr Alison McFadden, Senior Research Fellow, Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Dundee tells us about an important new piece of research.

Next article: "Roads, Bridges and Tunnels - what we've learnt through ABCD"

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By Joanne Birtwhistle |  August 23, 2016 |

It is widely recognised that numeracy and literacy skills can act as a barrier when accessing services and the fear of form filling and electronic sign in sheets if enough to keep people away. West CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) are supporting GATE in bridging the gap between Gypsies and Travellers and Health Services.

Next article: "The dinner party test – Explicit racism towards Gypsies and Travellers still happens. Why?"

Accessing GP's - The Challenges of a Care Of Address

By Joanne Birtwhistle |  July 25, 2016 |

I have just completed a small health project of contacting local GP’s to establish whether or not patients were able to register under a care of (C/O) address. Not being able to register with a GP is something that understandably concerns many of our members and therefore something we wish to support them with. It was frustrating to find that the moment I mentioned a C/O address; some receptionists advised me to ‘send them to a walk in clinic!’

Next article: "Health Event in Bradford – Fun and Health go together"

Health Event in Bradford – Fun and Health go together

By Tove Vrbnakova |  July 21, 2016 |

Thursday just 2 weeks ago saw a second Health Event for Bradford Gypsies and Travellers. There was lot of fun to have and information about local health services to find out. Big thank you to all the community members and GATE staff who helped to organise the event and all the services who carved out time from their busy schedules to get to know and make links with Gypsies and Travellers in Bradford.

Next article: "First thoughts at GATE"

Tunnels and Bridges - Accessing GP surgeries

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By Ben Chastney |  June 22, 2016 |

Leeds GATE have been toying with a concept to explain access to services and thinking about how different routes to these work or don’t work.  We got thinking about this when doing ‘asset mapping’; looking at what assets our members have and how we might use these.  What becomes clear is that some paths are smooth and clear, such as to x and y, and we can call these roads.  Some of the roads are broken though, such as to health services, and here the tunnels and bridges come in as differing approaches to the problem.

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