Recent population projections identify that ageing trends are expected to continue. By 2026 it is estimated that there will be over 1.3 million people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups aged 65 or older in the UK, many of whom may experience life limiting illnesses that could benefit from care. Latest figures from Wolverhampton City Council (2017) suggest a population of 259,926 (5,000 increase since the 2011 census) with 35.5 per cent of residents being from a BAME community, and yet service uptake from such communities has been considerably low.
Funded by the Big Lottery Community Fund, this project aimed to address the inequalities which exist around support for the South Asian Community in Wolverhampton. Through a series of community engagement activities and focus groups, we captured the views, thoughts and experiences of the South Asian community in Wolverhampton when living with or caring for someone with a complex, advanced or incurable condition.
This poster highlights the main findings from this project with recommendations for policy and practice in palliative care services across the UK.
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