Progress Updates and Reports
What does the clinical screening project currently look like?
TID is offering a screening pilot in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. We have close connections in Kirklees with the Whitehouse Centre, a GP practice which registers all newly arrived people seeking asylum to Huddersfield. The nursing team at the Whitehouse Centre ask a few simple questions at new patient assessments to ascertain if there have been human rights abuses in the patient’s home country or on their journey to the UK. When there is a possibility that a person has experienced human rights abuses, the patient is referred to a specialist GP who is offering TID clinical screening sessions. The doctor then holds a 45-60 minute appointment during which she makes an assessment of the patient’s physical and psychological health and any risks. Details of the assessment, including clinical findings from it, are entered into the GP record using a specially designed template which then forms the basis of a preformatted letter/report. Medical problems identified are then fed back into the GP practice and the assessment forms a permanent item in the patient record. The patient is also a offered a copy of the assessment for their own personal records.
The screening pilot design has needed to be flexible, adapting to changes in asylum and accommodation arrangements and local circumstances. In the first few months, many issues have arisen and needed creative solutions. We plan to have an external evaluation of this project at the end of 2024. In the meantime we will put some interim reports on statistics and learning on this website.
Information for people reading TID screening reports
Please read the earlier sections of this webpage. A screening assessment is a one-off assessment and the findings are limited to what can be found in a targeted but time-limited appointment. The clinical picture can change over time. Psychological conditions such as PTSD and depression can get worse and improve. Risk assessments need to be conducted when there are changes in an individual’s situation.