Summary of report contentHealthwatch Kirklees engaged locally to identify health issues, inequalities and barriers in newer migrants including asylum seekers, refugees and people from emerging communities such as Romania or Poland, to gain an understanding of the situation in Kirklees. This is because evidence shows that physical and mental health outcomes are poorer for non-UK born people, who generally arrive relatively healthy but experience deteriorating health over time. Between January and October 2017, engagement work was carried out by speaking to service users and service providers at various community organisations and groups, the University of Leeds and Kirklees Council, as well as multi-agency steering group meetings. In this detailed report, Healthwatch Kirklees explore: mental health and barriers to support, difficulties in understanding the system and completing forms, financial difficulties, language barriers and the isolation of women and children, communication barriers and lack of cultural awareness. Other keys areas discussed within the report are: access to primary care services, disease and negative health behaviours such as smoking, nutrition and substance abuse. By way of conclusion, the report highlights 11 recommendations which address ways in which the healthcare system can make care accessible to those currently experiencing health inequality.
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Asylum Seekers, refugees and people from emerging communities
Date of publication
Wednesday, 1 November, 2017
Date evidence capture began
Sunday, 1 January, 2017
Date evidence capture finished
Tuesday, 31 October, 2017
Type of report
Food and nutrition
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of care
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Primary care services
Secondary care services
Acute services with overnight beds
Acute services without overnight beds / listed acute services with or without overnight beds
Mental health services
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Depression and anxiety service
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People who live in poverty
Refugees or asylum seekers
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