Migrant communities programme

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and Kent County Council have been awarded £853,106 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to improve access to healthcare. The two-year project, involves recruiting a new team of staff to work solely with migrant communities across Kent to reduce barriers to services and providing targeted interventions. The grant will also fund training to give colleagues the opportunity to learn more about cultural competency, improve the access to our services and target migrant community health. See below for details of the training. Many families are not registered with a GP and dentist and there is low uptake of health visitor support for child development reviews. The project is in two parts:

  1. Training for health and social care professionals to understand the significant cultural differences and challenges facing people from migrant communities.
  2. Short-term funding for a small dedicated team of health visitors, school nurses and health improvement specialists to provide care to this hard-to-reach population.

We will be working in Dover, Folkestone, Margate and Gravesend on reducing barriers and increasing access to services, targeting families. Health visitors, school health nurses and lifestyle advisers will be involved in delivering key public health messages to migrant communities and supporting complex cases. As well as involvement from KCHFT, we want to engage community members too, for example in producing a series of practical health-related materials together to provide accessible, myth-free information for the community. Outcomes will include:

  • increased number of children who are ready for school
  • enabling contact and greater cohesion with the local community
  • learning English, increasing English skills
  • increased rates of breastfeeding
  • more families registered with a GP and dentist
  • improved rate of development checks for children.

Cultural awareness training

  • 21 February 2020 - 12.30 to 4pm - Large Meeting Room, Whitfield Court, Unit 2 Honeywood Close, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield Court, Dover, Kent, CT16 3NY
  • 12 March 2020 - 9am to 12:30pm - Meeting Room, Dolphin Centre, Abbey Court, St John's Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9TF
  • 26 March 2020 - fully booked - 12.30 to 4pm - Large Meeting Room, Capital House, Jubilee Way Faversham, Kent, ME13 8GD
  • 6 April 2020 - 9am to 12.30pm - Room 6 Trinity House, Ashford, TN25 4AZ
  • 14 April 2020 - 9am to 12.30pm, Seminar Room, Victoria Hospital, Deal, CT14 9UA
  • 21 April 2020 - 9am to 12.30pm - Training Room, Woodlands Health Centre, Paddock Wood, TN12 6AX
  • 21 April 2020 - 1.30 to 5pm - Training Room, Woodlands Health Centre, Paddock Wood, TN12 6AX
  • 1 May 2020 - 9am to 12.30pm - Meeting Room 1, The Village Children's Centre, Denmark Street, Folkestone, CT19 6EQ
  • 15 May 2020 - 9am to 12.30pm - Quarterdeck Youth Centre, 15 Zion Place, Margate, CT9 1RP
  • 15 May 2020 - 1.30 to 5pm - Quarterdeck Youth Centre, 15 Zion Place, Margate, CT9 1RP
  • 1 June 2020 - 9am to 12:30pm - Training Room, Woodlands Health Centre, Paddock Wood, TN12 6AX
  • 1 June 2020 - 1.30pm to 5pm - Training Room, Woodlands Health Centre, Paddock Wood, TN12 6AX
  • 12 June 2020 - 9am - 12:30pm - Boardroom, The Oast, Hermitage Court, Maidstone, ME16 9NT
  • 12 June 2020 - 1.30pm to 5pm - Boardroom, The Oast, Hermitage Court, Maidstone, ME16 9NT

Aim

Support services to deliver to the diverse population in Kent (excluding Medway) based on an understanding of cultural and other determinants of health and access.

Course background

A growing body of evidence reveals health inequalities between migrants and nationals in terms of health status and service access. People with a migration background can experience multiple social, cultural, structural and economic factors which interact affecting their health and access to healthcare.

Cultural competency interventions aim to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of health care by increasing awareness, knowledge and skills of healthcare providers or patients as well as modifying policies and practices of organisations. KCHFT is offering cultural competency training to make sure provision of services to migrant communities is strengthened and staff resources are used better to support the families under their care.

We will be delivering three courses in each of the 12 local authority localities in Kent. Seventy five per cent of spaces are reserved for KCHFT colleagues and 25 per cent will be offered to external delegates.

To book please complete the Cultural awareness training application form and email it to: Claire Doran, Programme Manager: kentchft.migrantcommunities@nhs.net. Phone Claire on 07810 836013 for more details.