Free training for Primary Care Networks to improve engagement with Inclusion Health groups

Friends, Families and Travellers, Homeless Link, National Ugly Mugs, Doctors of the World and Stonewall Housing are inviting Primary Care Networks (PCN) to receive free guidance and training to improve their work with Inclusion Health groups. These are the groups identified as experiencing the worst health inequalities in England.

The severe health inequalities experienced by Inclusion Health groups are unjust and avoidable – Primary Care Networks have an important role in addressing these at a neighbourhood level.

We’re inviting Primary Care Networks across England to complete our Inclusion Health Audit Tool and with the training, ensure that their service has relevant information to put guidance for tackling health inequalities into action. The training is funded by NHS England and Improvement and will be available from 19th July 2022.

If you would like to enquire about training for your Primary Care Network, please email [email protected] 

Inclusion Health is a field which seeks to prevent and address the health and social inequalities experienced by groups of people at risk of or living with extremely poor health as a result of poverty, marginalisation, multi-morbidity and social exclusion.

The groups experiencing the worst health inequalities in England include Gypsies and Travellers, people experiencing homelessness, vulnerable migrants, sex workers, people in contact with the criminal justice system and people with learning difficulties. The training has been built around the voices of people who have lived experience of health inequalities.

Speaking on the training, Emma Wilson, Training & Engagement Officer at Friends, Families and Travellers said:

“We are delighted to work closely with Primary Care Networks to better understand the barriers experienced by Inclusion Health groups in their area and very importantly, how best to tackle health inequalities at a neighbourhood level. Our Inclusion Health training provides an opportunity to reflect and assess the needs of Inclusion Health groups in your area whilst offering practical solutions and guidance tailored specifically to your PCN. The training will support meaningful improvement and ensure your PCN is meeting the needs of your local population in a way that is inclusive and accessible for every person.”

 Reflecting on using the tool, Louise Price, Boston PCN Strategic Director said:

“Boston Primary Care Network used the Inclusion Health Tool for PCNs for a baseline assessment. The tool helped the PCN to identify gaps in present services and aided with a solution. The tool also offered suggestions for tackling inequalities and gave a broader understanding into health inclusion groups. Consequently Boston PCN are advertising for a Health Inclusion Officer.”

Media Contact

Sami McLaren, Senior Communications and Campaigns Officer

Tel: 07436 228910

Relevant Resources

Inclusion Health Audit Tool for Primary Care Networks. View here.

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