Join us as our Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Project Manager

Be part of an exciting new three-year lottery funded project to help improve the health and care experiences and outcomes of people in the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
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Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Project Manager

£28,121 per annum, based at our Huntingdon office. 

You will be responsible for developing, co-ordinating and delivering our new 'Our Health Matters project’ supporting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

You will: 

  • Recruit and support a small network of community volunteers to gather feedback about local Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people’s experiences of health and care
  • Support the volunteers to help people in these communities access the services they need 
  • Facilitate and support the roll out of bespoke cultural awareness training about the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities for frontline health and care staff.

About the project

Gypsies, Roma and Travellers make up the largest ethnic minority groups in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, yet they are more likely to experience significantly poorer health than the general population.

This project has developed from work we started in 2016 to listen to the experiences of local Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people, which culminated in the publication of the 'Our Health Matters' report.

My life is a health issue. I have that many things wrong with me. I missed two appointments because I have been so sick. I then went to make a new appointment and they tell me they have none. They don't understand how much pain I am in. I cannot get up to the doctors I said.
— Feedback from Our Health Matters report

On a Traveller site we visited as part of our initial project, we were told that it been noted by several families that when they called for doctors’ appointments, they were often refused but if an outreach worker rang on their behalf, they were successful.

People found it harder to access care because they did not know what services were available. And because they found a lack of cultural understanding of their needs. 

Since then, we have worked with the local Traveller Health Team to help improve access to health and care services, including raising our concerns in a 2019 Parliamentary committee

This project aims to tackle the issue of cultural awareness. We will also be signposting people to services available, and gathering their insights to help the NHS and care services better meet people's needs within these communities.

You will have 

  • An awareness of the issues in accessing health and social care faced by people in these and other minority communities 
  • An understanding of how health and social care services are commissioned and delivered - and a good knowledge of the local voluntary and community sector 
  • Strong organisational and planning skills
  • A proven ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels 
  • Experience of working with and supporting volunteers

And a willingness to travel across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as part of the role.

How we support our staff

We offer a friendly, supportive work environment to all our staff, who get together regularly to share ideas, experiences and mutual support.

We have a flexible working policy which helps our team balance family and caring responsibilities alongside work – particularly during these tough times. And our team of mental health champions are always developing ingenious ways to keep us motivated.

You’ll also be encouraged to undertake training to improve your skills and develop in your role. 

We are part of a national network of local Healthwatch organisations. And you will get the opportunity share ideas and learning with colleagues in similar roles across the country. 

How to apply

For an informal chat about this role, speak to Jo McHattie, our Business Development Manager on 07368 163434 or email jo.mchattie@healthwatchcambspboro.co.uk 

Download the Gyspy, Roma Traveller Project Manager job profile below to find out more about the role.

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Project Manager role profile

Click the link below to complete the online application form. You will be emailed a completed copy of your application form once you have submitted it. 

Online application form

Apply by Sunday 27 June 2021 

Interviews on Thursday 15 July 2021

Note: This post is normally based in our Huntingdon office, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, all our staff are currently working from home. 

Tell us about your experiences

NHS and social care staff are doing everything they can to keep us well during these challenging times, but there might be things that can be improved.

Your feedback can help services spot issues that are affecting care for you and your loved ones.

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