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 anyone seeking asylum newly arrived in 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 holds a 45-60 minute appointment during which they make an assessment of the patient’s physical and psychological health and of any risks. Details of the assessment, including clinical findings from it, are entered into the GP record using a specially designed template which 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. An external evaluation of this project will be completed in 2025. Meanwhile we will share interim reports on this site.