Identifying promising innovations to enhance equity and efficiency in care for new migrant populations

Funder: Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

Aims of this project

  1. To undertake a mapping and formative evaluation of innovative practice at the primary care-community interface related to meeting the needs of new migrant populations
  2. To identify a promising package of innovation that warrants further refinement and testing
  3. To develop research capacity among primary care colleagues and strengthen research-practice linkages to support knowledge translation.

Why is this important?

Access to primary care has been identified as one of the key means through which health inequity can be reduced (Browne et al 2012). New migrant populations may be marginalised from the process of service access for several reasons. Service response to new migrant population growth at the local, primary care level often requires innovation, transgression from standard models of service delivery and commissioning and service responsiveness, including new ways of engaging with under-served populations. The purpose of the research is to map these innovations and provide case studies of promising practice.

How will the research be carried out?

The formative review will include a broad scoping exercise in the first instance followed by an in-depth case study approach to mapping innovation. It will be carried out in partnership with primary care and community based organisations to develop a Local Innovation Partnership. Principles of co-production and participatory methods will be adopted.


September 2015-March 2016

Who is undertaking the research?

Liz Such, Liz Walton, Sarah Salway, Janet Harris and Brigette Colwell

How are stakeholders being engaged?

In local case study sites, local practitioners will be engaged in a Local Innovation Partnership. Local residents will consulted about service provision through Patient and Public Engagement activities.

What will be the outputs from the study?

A Summary and Mini Casebook will be produced to demonstrate how and why local innovations can enhance new migrants’ access to primary care.