Suffolk Building Bridges of Understanding Together project
About the Project
Hospice, hospital and community care staff (including nurses, doctors, consultants, and management) to develop a more in-depth cultural competence and understanding of GTR community members.
GTR community members to develop more depth of understanding why protocols and procedures are adhered to in Hospices, hospitals, and community care and the consequences that may result if these did not happen.
From the advancement of knowledge above, the development of simple but effective actions to help elevate the difficulties for as a brief example NHS staff developing understanding of why different family members ask the same question and GTR community members developing understanding of why staff find it difficult to be asked the same information again and again. The recommendation that arose from the conversations was that families are asked by staff if a key male and female members could be the link and that staff would be available to these for updates, questions.
Promotion of the project within the Romany Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities in Suffolk living roadside nomadic, housed, sites both private and council.
The work on the project included producing a FREE information pack consisting of 3 CDs and an accompanying document:
- The 1st CD English Gypsies and Travellers needs at end of life care,
- The 2nd CD included the protocols and practice of Hospitals and Hospices, why they are important
- The 3rd CD identified how by working together positive ways forward could be identified
- PDF: Training and Information Pack: English Gypsy and Traveller END OF LIFE CARE
Together these will form a pack to engage with community members and health professionals to develop an understanding of each other’s needs in relation to the end of life care of individuals from GRT communities.
The Project was Funded by Suffolk County Council
The audio CD content below is free to download, please fill in details to access them, you will be sent a link on completion.