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Gypsy/Travellers and Care

Equal Opportunities Committee 3rd Report, 2012 (Session 4)

We heard that, in most care situations, the GP who either diagnoses a condition or makes a referral will be the first point of contact for both carers and cared-for people. Examples of good practice in supporting carers came largely from engagement with Gypsy/Travellers at a general healthcare level. Models presented within evidence suggest that, by focusing on developing a trusting relationship between healthcare professionals and Gypsy/Travellers and by increasing Gypsy/Travellers‘ own knowledge of healthcare issues, carers and cared-for individuals‘ unique support needs could be more effectively identified and met.