Healthcare, Mobilities and National Health Systems Workshop Agenda


Published by Harriet Phipps

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

People move across international borders, often along unpredictable paths. Systems for the delivery

of healthcare are largely fixed in place. This workshop is designed to foster discussion of healthcare

and mobility, drawing on the insights of interdisciplinary mobilities research. We hope to bring

together two perspectives. Firstly, how do refugees, persons with an unsettled immigration status

and persons without a fixed address access healthcare? What challenges do they experience?

Secondly, how do practitioners go about delivering care to those groups? What challenges stand in

the way and what avenues exist for overcoming difficulties?

There are two overarching questions driving each session of the workshop:

Morning session: How does your research, practice and experience relate to the theme of mobility

and healthcare? How do you tackle the challenges of access and the delivery of care in your work?

Afternoon session: Can mobilities research help us understand access to healthcare among mobile

populations? How can mobilities methods help us grasp healthcare challenges among such patients?



9:30-9:45 Welcome, housekeeping

Doctors within Borders Team

9:45-10:00 Programme Statement

Karolina Follis (Lancaster University, UK), Nicola Burns (University of Glasgow, UK), Luca Follis

(Lancaster University, UK), Doctors within Borders: Bringing mobilities and healthcare into discussion

with one another

12:45 Insights from Research and Practice

This foregrounds the the work of participants in order to situate our discussion around the relevance

of mobilities theory in this field. Drawing on the submitted impulse papers, contributions have been

grouped thematically to focus discussion and draw out points of overlap. Points raised in these

sessions will be taken forward in the interactive afternoon session.

Part 1 10-11.15

Theme 1: Bordering

Kathryn Cassidy (Northumbria University), Bordering and Disordering in the National Health Service

Gwyneth Lonergan (Lancaster University, UK), Who is a ‘temporary migrant’? Deservingness,

nationalism, and migrant access to the NHS

Jessica Potter (Queen Mary University of London, UK), TBA

Pawel Lewicki (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (O), Germany) HIV and bordering mechanisms

in Berlin

Discussion (10 mins)

Theme 2: Activism/research

Kitty Worthing (Docs Not Cops), Docs Not Cops: grass-roots activism to end the Hostile Environment

in Healthcare

Piyush Pushkar (University of Manchester, UK), Clinician-Led Evidence Based Activism: A Critical


11:15 -11:30 Coffee break

Part 2 11.30-12.45

Theme 2 (continued): Activism/research

Agnieszka Kosowicz (Polish Migration Forum), Polish Migration Forum: Assisting Refugees and Asylum

Seekers in Poland

Boundaries: The Case of Migrant Health Centers in Turkey

Discussion (10 mins)

Theme 3: Delivering Care

Helen Barclay, Gina Rowlands and Helen Lincoln (Bevan Healthcare, Bradford, UK), Bevan Healthcare

Practice: caring for patients excluded from mainstream healthcare

Deniz Mardin (Istanbul University and International Organization for Migration, Turkey), Access to

Healthcare for Asylum Seekers in Turkey

Tullio Prestileo (Civic Hospital and University of Palermo, Italy), TBA

Stephanie Sodero (University of Edinburgh, UK), Blood mobilities: Vital mobilities in a changing climate

Discussion (10 mins)

LUNCH 12:45-13:45

Afternoon Session

13:45- 13:55 Wellcome Trust

Poppy Facer, Wellcome Trust Humanities & Social Science Department

13.55-14.45 Keynote lecture

Professor Monika Büscher (Lancaster University, UK), Human Mobilities on the Borderline

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00- 16:30 Mobility Café: Mobilities and method

Facilitation: Stephanie Sodero and the Doctors within Borders Team

In this interactive session, participants will consider key issues raised throughout the day, exploring

ways in which we can think about health care research and practice from a mobilities perspective.

Adopting a café style, participants will be invited to circulate between tables to contribute to

interrogation and development of ideas and emerging issues.

16:30 Activating the network: moving forward

In this final session, we reflect on key issues emerging from the day. Together we will establish a

record of the workshop, which will inform the design of further activities of the Doctors within

Borders project.

• What things would we as a group like to take forward?

• How will we stay in touch? Through blogs, social media?

• Are there clear themes emerging?

• What are the key ideas to develop for Workshop 2?

17:15 Close and thanks

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