Resources, Tools and Guidance

Resources for health professionals

The Migrant Health Guide is a free, online resource to support professionals. It includes a range of information on topics including information on migrants’ entitlement to the NHS, language interpreting and translation guidance, dental health,  social prescribing, human trafficking, women’s health, children’s health. There is also guidance on a range of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and health issues.

Doctors of the World Safer Surgeries initiative provides support and training for GP practice staff to ensure their practice is inclusive to the needs of asylum seekers.  They also have a range of translated health information for patients.

The inclusion health guidance by PHE provides guidance for professionals to on  supporting inclusion health groups such as vulnerable migrants within their practice.

MEAM (Making Every Adult Matter) is a coalition between Homeless Link, Clinks, Collective Voice and MIND and was set up to support local areas to develop better coordinated services for people experiencing multiple disadvantage. Their website provides resources to assist local areas to develop their services.

The VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool is an online tool designed to help organisations audit their engagement with inclusion health groups. Once completed, the tool provides a ‘unique and tailored guide’ to help organisations embed action on tackling health inequalities into its everyday activities. They have also developed an online tool to help Primary Care Networks to assess their engagement with inclusion health groups

The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health produces Homeless and Inclusion Health Standards for Commissioners and Service Providers, which sets out clear minimum standards for planning, commissioning and providing health care for homeless people and other multiply excluded groups.

The BMA have produced a refugee and asylum seeker patient health toolkit which is comprehensive resource and discusses the health issues facing these populations and how to overcome the barriers they face in accessing healthcare.

Groundswell have published a briefing which focuses on people in the asylum system, refugees and people with ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF).  Other  briefings can be accessed here

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that supports the opportunistic delivery health information which enables individuals to engage in conversations about their health.

Liverpool John Moore’s University resources for professionals who support asylum seekers and refugees here

Doctors of the World Safe Surgeries Toolkit. Resources to support general practices ensure that everyone in their community can access the healthcare they’re entitled to.

RCPCH - Refugee and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people: Guidance for paediatricians. Information to support health professionals in the assessment and management of children and young people of refugee background, with links to key external information and resources.

Solace: Mental health and wellbeing support for refugees and asylum seekers in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Therapy service and referral information and training provision for staff.

Oral health 

Model of oral healthcare for asylum seekers and refugees

PHE has published this guidance document covering how to support refugees and asylum seekers to access NHS dental care. This guidance is aimed at local authorities, VCSE and health professionals.


NHS Safeguarding have produced a health and safeguarding rapid read to support health care workers and partners who may be in contact with refugees and people seeking asylum living in the UK. The document is available below.

Modern slavery: identifying and supporting victims. DHSC guidance for healthcare staff who suspect that a patient may be a victim of human trafficking and slavery and how to refer to the NRM.

Resources for new migrant arrivals

 Primary care

How to find an NHS dentist. Information on how to find an NHS dentist and what to do if you need urgent dental care.

An NHS leaflet for refugees and asylum seekers on registering with a GP practice.

Access cards are available in both physical and digital format to support the message that everyone is entitled to register with a GP. On the back of the card is the NHS England Customer Contact Centre number, for people to use if they have been refused registration. See bottom of page.

Doctors of the World have a range of translated resources including migrants' right to healthcare and how the NHS works

Refugee Council resources to improve access to primary care for refugees and asylum seekers.

  • Film 1– It is different over here: access to healthcare in the UK.
  • Film 2– Experiencing the asylum process in the UK and impact on health.
  • Film 3– Access to health for people seeking protection in the UK.
  • Film 4– The right to be understood: the importance of interpreting.
  • Film 5– Experts by Experience.

You can also view all the videos in their video hub: HARP video resources: accessing healthcare in the UK and directly via their YouTube channel, here.

Health Stream of Sanctuary hosts a variety of resources relating to health and people seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Resources to help newly arrived migrants apply for childcare support and school places

School admissions guidance. GOV.UK guide to applying for a primary or secondary school place.

Childcare support - website explaining how to get support with childcare costs and access nursery provision.

Information about English language lessons in your area

Local English language classes. On the learning English website you can find information about English language classes in your area and across the Yorkshire and Humber region. You can find out which classes are free, where they are held, what level they are and whether childcare is available. 

Local English classes 


For other information other information about services and support for vulnerable migrants in Yorkshire and Humber visit Migration Yorkshire.

Document Title Publication Date
NHS Health Safeguarding Migrant Refugees and People Seeking Asylum Rapid Read March 22 04 April 2022
Digital GP Access Card (1) 16 February 2021
Digital GP Access Card (2) 16 February 2021
GP access cards graphic card 16 February 2021
Please come and register with your local GP poster 16 February 2021