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

Today, Friends, Families and Travellers, Homeless Link, National Ugly Mugs, Doctors of the World and Stonewall Housing launch an invitation for Primary Care Networks (PCN) to receive 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, launched earlier this year, and with our training, work to ensure your staff have the information they need in order to put guidance for tackling health inequalities into action. The training is funded by NHS England and Improvement and will be available from January 2022.

If you would like to enquire about training for your Primary Care Network, book a 15 minute consultation or send us an email.

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, Alice Young, Inclusion Health Officer at Friends, Families and Travellers said:

“We are really excited to work with Primary Care Networks to understand the needs of inclusion health groups in their area. There’s a lot of guidance on tackling neighbourhood health inequalities, but this training is a practical and reflective way for your PCN to ensure you are tailoring activities alongside established local services to support your local population. This will open doors as a legacy of tackling neighbourhood inequalities for health.”

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.”


About Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT)

Friends, Families and Travellers is a leading national charity that works to end racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life.

Media Contact

Lucy Hetherington, Communications Officer

Tel: 07425 419853 Email:

Relevant Resources

Inclusion Health Audit Tool. View here.

Locked out: A snapshot of access to General Practice for nomadic communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. View here.

How to tackle health inequalities for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. View here.

The health status of Liveaboard Boaters. View here.

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