Project IIRP11

Building Capacity for Inclusive Involvement in Research-Led Practice on access to healthcare with Travelling Communities (IIRP11)

In response to reports from Travelling Communities and health practitioners who work with them, we are facilitating workshops on Human Rights legislation and advocacy, and Participatory Research.


This work seeks to help people from Travelling Communities (TCs) to effectively articulate how they experience barriers to accessing healthcare and to lay a foundation for their full and equal involvement in research planned for late 2022. It aims to empower Travelling Communities to coproduce research about interventions that can improve their access to healthcare.

Project aims

The project aims to enable members of Travelling Communities to learn more about their right to health care and how to advocate for those rights. They will also learn more about inclusive involvement in research.

This work will assist Travelling Communities in communicating their needs and their rights more effectively, to practitioners and policy makers who are in a position to implement sustainable improvements in the health care they receive.

Project activity

  • Co-design and deliver workshops on Human Rights legislation and advocacy, and Participatory Research to Travelling Communities
  • Travelling Communities will be supported to present key messages to health professionals in an accessible format (such as a short video presentation, poster, booklet or webpage).


  • Reflections on learnings from the workshops
  • Understanding local lived experience of human rights through identifying barriers to accessing right to health in everyday lives.
  • Documentation of the relevant International and UK law and policy framework in relation to the right to health and barriers to access
  • Support for Travelling Communities in effectively advocating for their right to health in everyday lives, particularly through local, regional and national NHS organisational policy and practice.

Next steps

  • Workshop participants and project team present findings to East of England Health Organisations, with a focus on GP Practices in areas where there are high concentrations of TCs
  • We will also be sharing the findings of our workshops more widely with our network of National, regional and local health organisations policy makers and practitioners.

Who is involved?

Principal investigator

Professor Ewen Speed, University of Essex

Researchers and institutions

  • Dr Koldo Casla, University of Essex
  • Lyle Barker, University of Essex
  • Sally Burrows, University of Essex

Contact us

Sally Burrows,