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Sanctuary Awards in Health

Please note, unfortunately, due to funding constraints, we lack staff capacity to support the expansion of the Health Stream of Sanctuary at this time. If you are interested in pursuing a Sanctuary Award for a health institution, please contact us at [email protected] so we can advise about our current ability to work on an awards process with you. We also have a network of City of Sanctuary groups across the UK and may be able to link you to the closest one to your institution to support further exchange around sanctuary and health initiatitives in your area.

To celebrate the organisations who go above and beyond to support and welcome people seeking sanctuary, we have launched the Health Service of Sanctuary Awards programme.
Through this formal process of recognising and rewarding good practice and progress within healthcare, other services are then encouraged to provide more inclusive and appropriate care.

The award is applicable to any hospital, NHS Trust, Primary Care Practice or specialised service.

The Health Stream team will support you through each step of the award process and we are happy to provide facilitation and speakers.

The awards are based around the following criteria:

1)  Learn
Show evidence of how your health service raises awareness among paid staff and volunteers about asylum seekers and refugees, their needs, experiences and the challenges of living in the UK.

2) Embed
Show evidence of positive action your service has taken to embed, monitor and evaluate good practice.

 3) Share
Show evidence that you are sharing your achievements and vision of inclusive and empowering healthcare with the wider sector.

Awards are judged by a panel including your local City of Sanctuary group, a person of lived experience of the asylum system and an expert in the field of healthcare. Here are the minimum criteria to the Health, Wellbeing and Mental Health Stream Award. 

For further information and support please email [email protected]


Our latest Sanctuary Awarded organisation!

We are delighted to welcome West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership as our latest Sanctuary Awarded organisation! West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership is committed to offering sanctuary to all people who are fleeing violence and persecution, their work focuses on all aspects of healthcare, including primary, secondary, mental health sectors and embed the sanctuary principles through all they do.

People and the Dales

People and the Dales received a Sanctuary in Mental Health award for their inspirational work to bring disabled and disadvantaged groups to the Dales to enjoy the beautiful countryside and take part in activities.

Two Sanctuary Awards in Health presented in Leeds

York St Health Practice and Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) are the first GP practice and medical institute to receive Sanctuary Awards for health in the UK.

University of Bradford Dept of Health Studies

The Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford has received a Sanctuary in Health award for its work with asylum seekers and refugees – the first University Department of Sanctuary in the UK.