Self Assessment Questions
Once you have completed the self assessment tool, you will be provided with a unique and tailored guide which will help your Primary Care Network to embed action on tackling health inequalities into its everyday activities.
An inclusive Primary Care Network will have a good knowledge of population size of people experiencing homelessness, vulnerable migrants, sex workers, Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in it's area and understand what the health and care needs of patients from these groups are.
To reduce the steepness of the social gradient in health, actions must be universal, but with a scale and intensity that is proportionate to the level of disadvantage. It is important that services are adapted to remove any barriers populations experiencing inequalities might experience.
Consider whether you have identified or developed services in response to unmet need identified amongst inclusion health groups and/or groups experiencing deprivation. This might include an outreach service to a Traveller site, an in-reach service to a hostel, a weekly clinic specifically for sex workers and more.
Consider whether you have asked patients for information about the environment in which they live or work which might affect their health and/or preferences around care. This might include housing status, accommodation type, welfare and benefits, access to public funds and employment.
Given that primary healthcare is situated in an important position to influence wider parts of the system to take action to address inequalities, consider whether your Primary Care Network is working to identify and address issues across the wider determinants of health in your neighbourhood.
Given that clinical health needs often cannot be fully addressed without recognition of the impact of factors such as financial hardship and deprivation, insecure or inadequate access to accommodation, or difficulty accessing sustainable employment, consider whether staff members within your Primary Care Network know where in your local area they can signpost people to for support with their non-clinical needs. This might include to local advice centres, food banks, hostels and homelessness teams and more.