A partnership with Leeds GATE (an advocacy organisation) was established and a specialist outreach nurse employed to connect community members to health services.
The evaluation assessed whether the intervention had improved relationships with primary care, the approach’s acceptability and its health impact. CHPR interviewed community members (on-site and roadside) and stakeholders plus analysed monitoring and service-use data. The report, published October 2018, revealed the depth of need and the many barriers to accessing health-care. The intervention was highly acceptable; the nurse’s intervention greatly appreciated.
Outcomes include: The specialist nurse role being extended; NHS England requesting further information; Journal of Practice Nursing requesting an editorial, and; Leeds CCG commissioning the CHPR to evaluate more work with ‘vulnerable populations’.