Inclusion Healthcare is awarded City of Sanctuary Health Award

Posted on 15th September 2016

Press release
Immediate release: Thursday, 15th September 2016
Leicester City’s Assist Practice receives National City of Sanctuary Health Award

Inclusion Healthcare is delighted to announce that we have been awarded with a City of Sanctuary Health Stream Award for our work at Leicester City Assist Practice. The Awards recognise our ongoing commitment to providing outstanding care and the important role played by the health services in the lives and well-being of Asylum Seekers. The application was assessed by an independent panel, consisting National City of Sanctuary Health Experts, local partners and Assist patients.

Rory Palmer, Deputy City Mayor and Chair of the Leicester Health & Wellbeing Board said:
“I would like to congratulate Inclusion Healthcare on this well-deserved award and recognition. This is a crucially important service area and Inclusion deliver it with the highest levels of professionalism but also a real depth of knowledge and understanding. The way Inclusion provide healthcare services to some of the most vulnerable people in society is a profoundly strong example of the very best traditions and values of our NHS.”

The Chair of City of Sanctuary, Pete Hobson (Chair of Trustees) said “Asylum seekers have been forced to flee their homes in fear of their lives and have often experienced severe trauma including torture or sexual violence. We are proud to know that those dispersed to Leicester can access compassionate and specialist care. This award recognises Inclusion Healthcare’s excellent management of the Assist Primary Care Practice to meet the needs of its vulnerable patients.”

Colleen Molloy, National Development Officer at CoS said:
“Congratulations to everyone for providing quality primary health care in an informed, holistic, and expert manner and for their ongoing commitment to welcome asylum seekers and refugees and ensure their health and well-being in Leicester.”

“We are grateful to Assist for providing welcoming and excellent care to a particularly vulnerable group in Leicester – asylum seekers and refugees who have had to flee their homelands for a place of safety. We are proud to know that they feel safe and receive expert, specialist care from Inclusion Healthcare via the Assist Practice in Leicester.”

Piotr Kuhiwczak of the British Red Cross was on the judging panel and said “I think the primary health care for asylum seekers in Leicester should be promoted and showcased as a model to which all other NHS authorities should aspire.”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone throughout the Inclusion team for your ongoing commitment to the Assist practice and our patients. Together we are making a real difference to people’s lives and this award is great recognition of the compassion and dedication that each of you brings to your work.


1. About Inclusion Healthcare

Inclusion Healthcare is a social enterprise, set up in 2010 (formerly Homeless Healthcare) to provide care to the homeless & vulnerable in Leicester.

The Assist Practice is based in Leicester City Centre and has approximately 1,400 patients registered at present. It is commissioned by Leicester City CCG.