Communities of interest JSNA

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

According to the 2021 Census from the Office for National Statistics, there are around 200 people in Rochdale borough who identify as Gypsy or Irish Traveller.

The JSNA approach to inequalities

One of the key components of the JSNA is to identify inequalities in health and wellbeing experienced by different population groups in the local authority area.

We're often reliant on research and studies at a national level in order to identify examples of these inequalities. The findings are then applied to our population structure and added to our own local evidence in order to understand the inequalities present in these populations at a local level.

Data availability on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Rather than being a single group, the terms Gypsy, Roma and Traveller refer to a range of groups with different histories, cultures and beliefs (House of Commons Library, 2018).

Historically there have been gaps in the data on gypsy and traveller communities. However, the 2011 Census included an ethnic category to collect nationwide data on these communities for the first time.

Health issues seen in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities experience some of the worst outcomes of any group across a wide range of indicators. A number of factors contribute to these groups experiencing poor outcomes including deprivation, social exclusion and discrimination.

Health outcomes, in particular, are amongst those affected and include higher rates of mortality, morbidity and long-term health conditions, low child immunisation levels and a higher prevalence of anxiety and depression. Further issues around poor health literacy and a lack of understanding and cultural awareness by health professionals are also thought to create barriers to accessing health care.

Statistics on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Guidance and information on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities