Case studies - Gypsy/Travellers

The Scottish Government has funded and part-funded a number of programmes to tackle health inequalities in Gypsy/Traveller communities. Outputs from these programmes include:

Mainstreaming Keep Well in NHS Lanarkshire

As part of mainstreaming the Keep Well programme, all territorial Health boards have been asked to specifically target those vulnerable population groups most at risk of Coronary Heart Disease – this includes the Gypsy/Traveller population.

A good example is NHS Lanarkshire´s approach. Their eligibility for the health check age criteria was amended for the Gypsy/Traveller community (instead of being offered to those between 40 and 64 years old, the health check was offered to individuals between 35 and 64 years). This helped to promote the health check to be more inclusive for this community.

NHS Lothian Health checks for Travellers

A project established in 2010 aimed at educating Travellers on health issues in Edinburgh and Lothian.

The Keep Well Project, run by NHS Lothian with funding from the Scottish Government, has employed two specialist nurses to provide health checks for Travellers. The project aims to promote positive health messages and highlight risk factors which can cause heart attacks, stroke and diabetes.

Updated April 2015

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