Request a copy of the Roma Health Needs Assessment and associate papers

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Dear Sheffield City Council,

Could I request a copy of the Roma Health Needs Assessment (HNA) which I believe was completed in 2016. Could I also request any documentation (emails, reports, etc.) that have been produced relating to the Roma HNA subsequent to its completion, regarding its wider circulation.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Shallice

FOI, Sheffield City Council

Re – Freedom of Information Request – Reference – FOI /3592
 
Dear Andy Shallice,
 
Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Roma Health
Needs Assessment which we received on 23/02/2017.
 
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Subject: Freedom of Information request - Request a copy of the Roma
Health Needs Assessment and associate papers
 
 
Dear Sheffield City Council,
 
Could I request a copy of the Roma Health Needs Assessment (HNA) which I
believe was completed in 2016.  Could I also request any documentation
(emails, reports, etc.) that have been produced relating to the Roma HNA
subsequent to its completion, regarding its wider circulation.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Andy Shallice
 
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Re – Freedom of Information Request – Reference – FOI /3592

 

Dear Andy Shallice,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Roma Health
Needs Assessment which we received on 23/02/2017.

 

Please find below, Sheffield City Council’s response to your request:

 

In response to your recent Freedom of Information request, please find
attached a copy of the full and executive summary of the Roma Health Needs
Assessment, completed Sept 16.

 

There has been a delay in releasing this needs assessment as we needed to
ensure all relevant SCC Cabinet members were appropriately briefed and we
have briefed local MPs first.

 

We have also attached a briefing note we have used internally to brief SCC
cabinet members and our MPs

 

The purpose of the study was to understand the health issues experienced
by our Roma community in the east of the city, how they access health
services and the impact on current provision.  The study was managed
through a steering group that included Housing, Children’s and Young
People Services, Environmental Health, Health professionals etc.   I have
attached a short briefing that summarises the report.

 

You will note that the report makes recommendations in 8 areas.  We
recognise that consideration needs to also be given to how best to access
the new resources required to implement a number of the recommendations. 
This includes resources to upskill and train Roma residents into roles
such ‘health mediators’, ‘health trainers’ or ‘community interpreters’ to
enable them to participate in negotiating and helping to create the
solutions for their community.  It also includes infrastructure projects
which will benefit the whole community as the HNA report demonstrated that
the health needs of non-Roma patients from the 6 surgeries analysed also
require attention.   Additional resources may therefore need to be sought
from central government.

 

We will pursue the implementation of the recommendations, and maybe
further pieces of research,  through the New Arrivals Programme Board. In
terms of broader dissemination, we have agreed this would be undertaken by
the Supporting the Integration of New Arrivals Programme Board.

 

If required we will also brief a range of local organisations and
stakeholders who contributed to the work. They will need to consider the
findings and may be in a position to address some of the evidence gaps
identified by the HNA. Further insights could help service providers to
better anticipate and meet the needs of Roma residents. Data from the HNA
may also provide essential support for bids to fund programmes which
address Roma patients’ health.

 

Since this work has been completed, the Casey Report has been published.
We propose  to use this research to influence the government response to
the Casey report, and to secure resources to meet the needs this and other
work has identified.

 

I hope this helps give some context.

 

I hope the information we have provided is of help to your enquiries.  If
you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

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request, you are entitled to have this reviewed.  You can ask for an
internal review by either writing to the above address or by emailing
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Kind Regards,

 

Resources Business Support

Moorfoot Level 8 West Wing

Sheffield S1 4PL

Tel : 0114 20 53478

E-mail : [3]FOI @sheffield.gov.uk

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