Shadow ministerial visit to inner city GP practice

The shadow minister for women and equalities is to visit Bradford’s inner city GP practice Bevan Healthcare CIC (community interest company), which provides health and social care to homeless people, asylum seekers and refugees.

Paula Sherriff, MP for Dewsbury, was invited by local GP Dr Anne Connolly to see the unique services and support provided by the social enterprise GP practice. 

Dr Connolly, who is a GP at Bevan Healthcare and is also the Bradford CCGs’ clinical specialty lead for women’s health and maternity, met Paula at a meeting of the women’s health all party parliamentary group at the House of Commons.

Paula is the chair of the group and takes a keen interest in women’s health and equality issues – so she was delighted to be invited to meet patients and staff at Bevan Healthcare.

The practice was last year rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the standard of care it provides to its patients, who are some of the most disadvantaged in Bradford.

It provides a full range of GP services to its patients and works with partner organisations to offer a wider holistic service which supports people to find stable accommodation, training and employment – and move onto mainstream healthcare.

“Our practice is motivated by the belief that people in the toughest of circumstances should have access to high quality care that is appropriate to them,” said Dr Connolly. “We support some of the most socially excluded groups of people in the district, who often struggle to access mainstream services.

“I’m thrilled that Paula is visiting the practice to see the commitment the team has to help people live healthier lives, whatever their background or circumstances, and support them in other areas of their life.”