• An exploration of the impact of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) restrictions on marginalised groups in the UK

      Eshareturi, Cyril; Wareham, C.; Rattray, Marcus; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; McCarthy, R. (2021-08)
      Background: To contain the spread of COVID-19 within the UK over the past year, there have been a series of local and national lockdowns. These restrictions are likely to have impacted upon the health and well-being of marginalised groups who rely on now closed social and community support services to stay healthy. An understanding of the experiences of marginalised people is important; therefore, this study aimed to explore the impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on the health and well-being of marginalised groups in the UK. Methods: In summer 2020, a rapid telephone survey was conducted by trained, trusted volunteers with 76 participants who were from marginalised groups. As part of this survey, 64 participants consented to describe their experience of lockdown. These case studies were thematically analysed to identify patterns of meaning. Results: Findings indicate that lockdown led to the deterioration of health of participants, impacted adversely on their socio-economic positions and affected access to food and essential supplies. In addition, government public health messaging was considered confusing and inadequate. Conclusions: This study highlights the need for pathways into services which support marginalised groups to remain accessible during periods of restrictions and essential supplies and food to be mapped and protected for marginalised individuals within our local communities.
    • Refugee COVID report 1: Getting the message. On official advice around COVID19 for asylum seeking and refugee communities in Bradford

      Haith-Cooper, Melanie; Rattray, Marcus; Wareham, A.; McCarthy, R. (2021-01)
      In this report we focus on refugee and asylum seekers views on receiving, understanding and improving messages about public health advice. Refugees and asylum seekers as a group have incomplete access to television and WIFI or data to access the information they need in they way they prefer. Refugees and asylum seekers have constructive suggestions on how to improve key messages so they can be better understood. There is an ongoing risk to refugee and asylum seeker health, and population health if people are unable to receive official messages in a way that is relevant to them.
    • Wise Up to Cancer Bradford: Improving cancer prevention and earlier diagnosis for South Asian women in Bradford

      Almas, Nisa; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; Nejadhamzeegilani, Z.; Payne, D.; Rattray, Marcus (University of Bradford, 2019-09)