Capturing the Impact of COVID 19 on BAME Communities in North West London

North West London (NWL) Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in partnership with NWL professionals who represent Local Authorities, NHS partners and community leaders have come together to undertake insight gathering and research in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities

There is emerging evidence which suggests that BAME Communities and health and care staff are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The purpose of the research is to better understand the experiences and circumstances of our local BAME communities as they live through the pandemic, in order that we might better respond to their needs and concerns. We are asking people to get involved by sharing stories through:

●        ‘diary-style’ video recordings from both frontline staff and community members;

●       voice recordings;

●       personal written micro-stories;

●       song, poetry and other non-conventional expressions of storytelling

●       online blog posts, tweets and other social media posts as relevant.

This research aims to gather insight that reflects the wide ranging experiences of NWL BAME residents. For example, we already know that Brent had the highest level in North West London of people who tested positive for COVID-19 and more than three times as many as the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Research objectives: The research aims to capture stories from people who worked at the front line of services, during the COVID-19 pandemic and patients/carers, voluntary and public sector leaders. The Stories will provide an in-depth and personal account of the issues that mattered most to people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (BAME). More specifically, this research will:

●       Assess how COVID-19 impacts BAME communities particularly in wards and estates with a disproportionate number of residents affected by the pandemic.

●       Assess how COVID-19 impacts the BAME staff particularly those working directly with the patients and communities affected by COVID-19.

●       Determine what system and community responses need to be developed as a result. 

Research outcome
The outcome of this research will be used to address the challenges we face in making equality an Integral part of all we do.  More specifically the aspiration is:

·        That the feedback from our communities will be influential in the way services are shaped and commissioned. 

·        To see our common vision and statutory duty to narrow inequalities and health inequalities amongst the various communities we serve, realized.
Ethics and confidentiality/anonymity: Please complete the confidentiality form attached to this interview question form.

Research Questions
Thank you for volunteering to be part of this initiative looking at the experience of BAME community and the frontline staff. We would like you to help us address a number of questions that we have developed to support our discussion with you. This session will last for up to 30-45 minutes.

We would also like to send you a copy of the final interview to show how your story has contributed to new thinking and practice in this area. Please indicate if you would be happy for us to do so.

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* 1. Please tell us a little about yourself (including: ethnicity, age, cultural/religious, gender and background)

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* 2. How are you coping with COVID 19?

i)  Have you or your family been directly impact by the virus?
ii) What about your self care - what did you do to cope during this time and to take care of your health?

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* 3. Support system

i) Could you briefly tell us about the support you need(ed)?
ii) Did you have sufficient information to support you through your experience?
iii) To what extent did members of your community support you? Give examples:

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* 4. Health care and voluntary sector services

i) What was your experience of GPs, health and social care services or support services offered locally?
ii) Do you feel your culture, religious needs, were taken account of?

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* 5. Lessons we can learn

i) Thinking about what you have gone through, what could we do differently to support you and your family?
ii) Are there any reflections you want to share with us?

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* 6. If you would like to contribute or would like to receive feedback, please comment below

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