Health on the Margins

Leeds GATE announces February conference exploring health commissioning for marginalised groups, sharing learning from a 3 year joint project with Friends, Families and Travellers

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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 evidenceEnglish 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.

To book and for more information please see the following site: We hope to see you there!