Moments of Opportunity for Responsive Health Care for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum


Refugees and people seeking asylum often have diverse and additional health care needs, experience substantial barriers accessing health care, and report poor health care experiences. 

Barriers are often interconnected, can relate to the structures and attitudes in receiving countries, fear, and low levels of trust as well as limited provision of information about healthcare entitlements or local provision, problems communicating, or inappropriate interpretation.  


Bringing together national and international evidence and local knowledge on practices that support responsive health care and good health for refugees and people seeking asylum. We will:

Identify and map the health care moments of opportunity for refugees and people seeking asylum 

Identify the practices or interventions that could be located in these moments to support responsive health care and good health for refugees and people seeking asylum

Co-develop a framework that allows these practices and interventions to be integrated into health, care and civil society systems


Working closely with project partners, collaborators, communities and services we will: 

Deliver workshops with local individuals who are refugees or seeking asylum in the UK and practitioners (statutory, private and voluntary) within and beyond traditional health care settings. These will help us to identify the moments of opportunity as well as what matters most to different individuals and organisations in this context 

Conduct a systematic review to identify and assess existing evidence on interventions and practices that support responsive health care, reduce barriers and improve health for refugees and people seeking asylum

Identify great services and practices (in the UK and internationally) and talk to people using or delivering these programmes about what makes these good and possible

Deliver a series of dialogic events for the open exchange of ideas and consideration of what’s possible. We will contribute the evidence from our work and invite others (individuals who are refugees or seeking asylum in the UK, practitioners, managers, academics and commissioners) to bring their expert experience and perspective to the same table. From these iterative events we hope to develop a practical framework for local adoption and national and international relevance

We are grateful for the generous support of our funders: the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).