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Improving migrant health in Newcastle upon Tyne (1997-2017): a grey literature review of third sector involvement

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mabel LieORCiD



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Social Services Research Group, 2020.

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The aim of this paper is to provide an account of third sector attempts over 20 years to improve the health of migrant populations in Newcastle upon Tyne, so as to inform, encourage and enable services to be better equipped to improve migrant health and wellbeing in an increasingly uncertain future. Employing a qualitative content analysis of ‘grey literature’ source material, the findings are presented in terms of the facilitators and barriers to service improvement, as well as reporting examples of good practice through the years. Though the foundations of collaboration between the voluntary and community sector and health organisations were established mainly through government initiatives, continued partnership between the statutory and third sectors is vital to sustaining collaboration. Intermediary and advocacy roles in networking organisations are important in continuing the trust relationships that have been built up over the years. While the widespread increased competition for funding has led to communities resorting to their own resources, this paper highlights those historically documented community-led and partnership initiatives that are rarely described in published academic literature.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lie MLS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Research, Policy and Planning

Year: 2020

Volume: 33

Issue: 3

Pages: 101-114

Online publication date: 06/07/2020

Acceptance date: 10/02/2020

Date deposited: 10/07/2020

ISSN (print): 0264-519X

Publisher: Social Services Research Group



Funder referenceFunder name
Catherine Cookson Foundation