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General Practice at the Deep End Yorkshire and Humber brings together healthcare professionals working in the region’s most socioeconomically deprived areas to tackle stark and growing health inequity. The movement has links with academia, the voluntary and social care sectors and groups working with poor or vulnerable people. Inspired by Glasgow University’s GPs at the Deep End project, we were established in 2015.

Learners and educators at undergraduate and postgraduate level can find a Curriculum for Health Equity and a range of materials on the Fair Health website (see main menu above).

These are our objectives:

  • Help with general practice workforce and recruitment
  • Provide educational sessions relevant to deep end work.
  • Create a flourishing network to share ideas on planning services and strategy.
  • Act as an advocate for deprived communities and vulnerable patient groups
  • Develop sustainable links with the academic communities to evaluate the effects of interventions and record the experiences of deep end practitioners and their patients

Follow us on Twitter at #deependYH

You can read a report about our work in the January 2017 edition of the British Journal of General Practice.

The founders of Yorkshire and Humber Deep GP are: Ben Jackson, Dom Patterson, Tom Ratcliffe and Elizabeth Walton. We are all frontline GPs working in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and/or research.

Contact details can be found here.

A map showing Yorkshire and Humber Deep End GP practices can be found here.

The full report from our successful 2016 Symposium can be found here.


9 thoughts on “About”

  1. Great work bad necessary to future proof GP.

    Can’t make the first meeting due to hip replacement but very keen to be involved.

    Returning to a salaried post at Burley Park, Leeds where I used to be a partner. Large deprivation scores, drug addiction, asylum seekers etc. … And of course I’m a GP educator!!


  2. looking forward to this Tom – and have been thinking about a couple of things. Our training practice doesn’t fall into the ‘100’ but neighbouring non-training practices certainly do and I’m sure it’s likely to be the same elsewhere. I wondered whether a ‘bring a friend’ opportunity might be used to extend the offer a little more widely. Mark P thought would not be a problem.

    Was also interested is whether practices that were struggling to deliver the service in disadvantaged (and therefore to have the time to think how to change things) might be interested in setting up small support groups in certain pockets across the patch.

    just thoughts really but interested in what people think



    1. Great idea Ben. Could established and well staffed training practices offer remote supervision of trainees in linked less well staffed non training practices? What options are there for making time and space for struggling practices to lead or help develop solutions?


  3. Very excited about this group and am sure we’re going to have so much to discuss and hopefully some good ideas and resources to share.
    Intrigued to hear whether other practises are struggling to negotiate face-to-face interpreter services with their CCGs. Sheffield are having a push towards telephone interpreters to save costs and it’s going to be a disaster.


    1. Hi Lou. Look forward to seeing you on the 8th. We’ve got a great video link interpreting service. They’ve supplied us with a laptop. More reliable than face to face interpreters and patient can see interpreter. Maybe one of the good uses of Skype / telehealth…?


  4. Really looking forward to Thursday Tom, thanks so much for refining the questions – great blog!

    Just on way back from RCGP conference in Glasgow so super inspired … Social Prescribing might be useful to put on the agenda for a future meeting.

    Thanks also for listing the 100 practices with highest IMD scores in Yorkshire & Humber. Great starter for discussion about whether to broaden the invite to all GPs who feel they are almost ‘drowning’ or reserve for the ‘top 100’.

    Thanks again this blog is a great resource it itself! See you Thursday, Liz.


  5. Hi all,

    Like Liz I’m on my way back from conference which has been great. There were quite of lot of health inequality streams, papers etc. and managed to sit down for an impromptu meeting of minds with Glasgow Deep End GPs, Bradford Bevan Health and Austin O’Carrol from Dublin. Austin has done amazing things, check out

    It was interesting to hear the positives and negatives of this work (positives: raised profile, peer support; negatives: few practical helpful outcomes)

    I think if we can blend some of the deep end stuff with what Austin is doing it would be amazing….but a real challenge and involves a bigger partnership than just education…

    Check out: http://www.healthequity.ie



    The latter is a GP training scheme where all their placements are in GP/specialised services for hard to reach/deprived groups.

    From an education point of view I’m thinking lots. I want to introduce some health inequality fellowship opportunities for trainees. We can do more at undergraduate level as well Ben and Glasgow have SSC in health inequality. We need to find a way to get our trainees into the non-training ‘deep end’ practices that is safe/acceptable.

    Lots to talk about on thursday.


  6. Hi, Dom I’m really glad to read your comments about Austin O’Carrol’s work in Dublin. I remember being impressed by a presentation he did at the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health conference earlier this year and thinking it would be great to explore introducing some ideas from the Dublin training model in Y&H. I didn’t get any further than thinking …. So exploring this (and other ideas above) more tomorrow night will be great. Looking forward to seeing folks then.


  7. I am looking forward to hearing some great ideas about what we can all do to support practices serving our communities with challenging health needs.


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