Gypsy and traveller groups have a higher rate of mortality, morbidity and long-term health conditions. A range of factors including discrimination and lack of cultural awareness by health professionals are thought to create barriers to these groups accessing healthcare. These barriers must be reduced to improve health outcomes in Gypsy, Roma and traveller communities.

Lisa Gavin is Clinical Service Manager, Gypsy, Roma Traveller and Inclusion Health, First Community Health and Care. She has over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse and health visitor, leading a team who provides targeted and responsive health outreach services.

In this video Lisa discusses some of the barriers gypsy, Roma and travellers face when accessing healthcare services. She shares why these individuals often distrust healthcare services and highlights simple changes that can be made to ensure they are getting the help they need.

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Gypsy and traveller groups have groups have a higher rate of mortality and morbidity, and also face numerous barriers in accessing healthcare. Lisa Gavin, Clinical Service Manager for Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Inclusion Health at First Community Health and Care, discusses some of these barriers and highlights changes healthcare systems need to make to increase trust in services to improve access and in turn health outcomes for these communities.

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