In recognition of the barriers to healthcare faced by people in vulnerable circumstances, including asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG has committed to taking steps to ensure that everyone in our community may fulfil their entitlement to quality healthcare.
In doing this, we encourage and support all GP practices and primary care providers in our locality to become Safe Surgeries; to implement inclusive and accessible patient registration policies and; to provide equitable healthcare.
We work in partnership with Doctors of the World UK, patient groups, community organisations and other local stakeholders to fulfil these goals, and are proud to be the CCG with the highest number of Safe Surgeries in England.
Safe Surgeries is a network of GP practices committed to tackling barriers preventing access to primary care, and to promoting the health of everyone in their community – regardless of their nationality or immigration status. This could include pregnant women, survivors of trafficking and people who have fled war.
Safe Surgeries follow seven key stops to make their services more accessible:
- Safe Surgeries don’t refuse to register patients who do not provide proof of address documentation
- They don’t insist on proof of identification
- They never ask to see a visa or proof of immigration status
- Both clinical and non-clinical staff do what they can to reassure patients that their personal information is safe
- They use an interpreter, if needed
- They display posters to reassure patients that the surgery is a safe space
- They empower frontline staff with training and an inclusive registration policy.
You can find out more about Safe Surgeries here.