Asylum Seekers, refugees and people from emerging communities

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch 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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General details

Report title 
Asylum Seekers, refugees and people from emerging communities
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Kirklees
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 
Key themes 
Food and nutrition
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Health protection
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Public involvement
Quality of care
Staff training
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Baby clinic
Dentist (non-hospital)
GP practice
Health visitor
Secondary care services 
Acute services with overnight beds
Acute services without overnight beds / listed acute services with or without overnight beds
Sexual health
Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Depression and anxiety service
Social care services 
Adult social care

Details of people who shared their views

Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Other population characteristics 
People who live in poverty
Refugees or asylum seekers
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
Not known
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.