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No Recourse to Public Funds Toolkit webinar

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Join us for the launch of the ground-breaking guide, 'Do You See Us?'

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  • Webinar overview

    Webinar first broadcast on 28 January 2021

    Join us for the launch of the ground-breaking guide, Do You See Us? This guide has been created for us by Claire Henry MBE with the support of Hospice UK and St James’s Place Charitable Foundation.

    This resource is aimed at professionals working across the palliative care sector and in migrant centres and related organisations.

    This very helpful toolkit will enable professionals to support people in their role as family carers helping someone to die well while facing the additional challenge of having no access to the welfare safety net, due to restrictions placed on them as part of their immigration status.

    With at least 1.4 million people with No Recourse to Public Funds this is a timely, and we hope, change-making toolkit.

    Read our full article to find out more.

    Download No Recourse to Public Funds Toolkit (PDF)


  • Who is it for?

    All palliative care professionals and those interested in the No Recourse to Public Funds Toolkit

  • Presenters

    Webinar presenters Claire Henry and Rev Dr Andrew Goodhead will be joined by a number of guest speakers.

    Claire Henry MBE RGN BSc(hons) PGDip

    Claire Henry MBE RGN BSc(hons) PGDip No Recourse to Public Funds Project Lead

    With over 30 years working in clinical, managerial and quality improvement within the NHS and 3rd sector, Claire has an abundance of experience in palliative and end of life care

    Claire has led national programmes and independent reviews including the NHS End of Life Care Programme which supported the implementation of the National End of Life Care Strategy for England and National Choice offer for end-of-life care “What’s important to me”.

    Claire has been actively involved in community engagement and developments nationally including Dying Matters

    Andrew Goodhead

    Rev Dr Andrew Goodhead Spiritual Care Lead, St Christopher's

    Andrew Goodhead joined St Christopher’s as Chaplain in January 2005, completing his doctoral research in 2007. He is a Methodist Minister with 14 years Church based experience gained in several localities throughout the UK, both urban and rural. In his role at St Christopher’s Andrew is concerned to ensure that all End of Life Care professionals have the skills and confidence to offer spiritual assessment and ongoing support to all patients and their families.

    He has a particular interest in the concept of spiritual pain as a way of understanding spiritual need. For patients with faith needs Andrew is developing the pastoral and religious role of the Spiritual Care Lead. Andrew graduated in 2014 with the King’s College, London, MSc in Palliative Care. His dissertation explored the experiences and attitudes of community clergy in caring for dying people.

    He is currently on a secondment at St Christopher’s to the Patient and Family Services Department as Deputy Manager.

    Vincent Docherty

    Vincent Docherty Head of Patient and Family Services, St Christopher’s

    Vincent has been a social worker for over 35 years working in south London region. He leads the St Christopher social work, bereavement, CBT and welfare rights teams.

    He was the adult safeguarding coordinator for the L B of Croydon for almost 10 years before moving to St Christopher’s in 2016.

    As a social worker addressing social injustice due to the labelling of people with NRPF’s this guidance is both timely and much needed.

    He is committed to a social model of death and dying whilst recognising the need to work closely with medical colleagues in the support of people and family’s dealing with palliative and end of life issues.

    Marie Berteau

    Marie Berteau Palliative Care Social Worker, St Christopher’s

    Marie originally from France, arrived in the UK at the age of 18 after spending one year in Central Asia learning Russian.

    Marie joined St Christopher’s as a palliative care social worker in October 2018, after working for approximately 10 years in hospital social work and Continuing Care Social work.

    Marie’s first degree is in Russian and Hispanic studies with some studies on asylum seekers in the UK. Marie then went on to work as a professional medical interpreter for minority groups (French and Spanish speaking) in Croydon, to then shift to mental health work. Marie also worked as a volunteer for South American migrant groups in East London.

    Marie ‘s second degree is in social work with a special emphasis on supporting women being trafficked from abroad and forced into sexual exploitation in the UK.

    Marie still uses her linguistic skills as a hospice social worker, mainly for outpatients, but also carries out community or ward based social work assessment, if the patient does not speak English and speaks French or Spanish.

    Glynis Berry Palliative care social worker, Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

    Originally from the North East Glyn qualified as a social worker in 1996 and worked for local authorities until December 2017. During her statutory years, Glyn worked in various roles which included learning disabilities, Macmillan, physical disabilities & sensory loss, a generic duty team and managing a social work team in Intermediate Care.  She has had an interest in Palliative and EoLC for a number of years and has always enjoyed integrated working, as social and health care are intrinsically linked.

    Glyn moved into her current role of palliative care social worker at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice in January 2018 and is a team lead for psychological and social care, safeguarding lead and practice educator for student social workers. Inequality in accessing services across the board is of a particular interest and for those patients and their carers who have nil recourse to public funds, they are not only marginalised due to their health but by their status and people need to be more aware of this fact.

    Glyn is a member of the APCSW and represent the organisation within the Ambitions Palliative and EoLC Partnership.

    Nick Watts

    Nick Watts Founder and director of Together with Migrant Children

    Nick Watts is the founder and director of Together with Migrant Children. Founded in 2016, Together with Migrant Children are a specialist children’s charity that works with children, young people and families harmed by immigration controls.

    TwMC provide social work and family support services, including assessment for immigration purposes, casework, challenge of decisions by public bodies on issues such as provision of services to children and age assessments and holistic family support. Nick is a member of a number of working groups including the BME & Migrant Safeguarding Advisory Group (B-MAG).

    Nick is most interested in the intersect between immigration and child welfare and how immigration policy impacts children’s lives. Alongside his co-founder, he has developed an innovative practice framework which builds around radical and transformative social work and community development theory, with a strong focus on anti-oppressive practice and structural/state harms.

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