Health Advocates for Refugee Families

The health system in the UK can be confusing for people who are new to the country – whether it is working out how to book GP appointments, finding the pharmacy, or sorting out vaccinations. We are hoping to partner families of refugees/asylum seekers with a pair of medical students who can help them navigate the UK health system. This might include helping them book and attend appointments or find a pharmacy. Medical student health advocates are not there to provide health advice, but to direct the families to the medical help they need. This project will be starting in October/November 2022 and will likely be ongoing, so please do get in contact if you are interested in getting involved!

Banbury Clinic

Clinical medics (4th years/GEM2 and above) can attend a specially run GP clinic in Banbury on certain Saturdays to support newly arrived asylum seekers to complete a comprehensive health assessment. The students are given extended time to obtain a detailed and comprehensive medical history, which can be quite complex, often requiring language line to support in interpretation.

You can view the history-taking framework we use for the initial health assessments below:

This is open to clinical medical students. All volunteers must have completed a Safeguarding Children Level 2 certificate in order to participate. In addition, volunteers must have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check completed before working with the young people, which is usually completed by the Medical School as part of their entry requirements.

If you would like to volunteer, please email us at: