New Migrant Health Manager joins our team

February 11, 2015 Written by Nadia Tavana

This winter, we have welcomed a new Migrant Health Manager to our team – the first post of its kind in the city. Find out more about what the role will enable us to do.

Bristol is an extremely diverse city, with residents from over 50 countries of origin and 91 languages spoken. With so many different local communities, it’s really important that everyone who lives in Bristol has equal access to healthcare – regardless of the language they speak, their culture, nationality, religion or belief.

In his new role, Russell oversees three unique services for migrant patients:

  • The Haven, a specialist primary healthcare service for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees who are new to Bristol. The GP and nurse team provides health assessments, management of current health problems, vaccinations and screening, and assistance with local GP registration.
  • Health Links, a language support and health advocacy service. The service overcomes cultural and language barriers through interpreters which act as the language link between healthcare professionals and patients.
  • TB service, a nurse-led care, support and information service for patients with tuberculosis (TB). Around 2/3 of TB patients in the UK are migrants.

“I’m really excited about this new opportunity to make a difference to the lives of migrant people in Bristol.”

He also works at a strategic level to break down the barriers that prevent migrant patients from easily accessing healthcare, by educating healthcare professionals and engaging with communities.

Russell said: “I’m really excited about this new opportunity to make a difference to the lives of migrant people in Bristol. Our services provide a vital lifeline, enabling patients who may be at risk of health inequalities to access the care they need.”

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