“I am writing to express our support and gratitude for the invaluable advocacy work provided by Derman. We currently benefit from 2 sessions of Derman advocacy time per week. It is hard to overstate the importance of this work in enabling us to provide high quality primary care to our Turkish and Kurdish population. Many of these patients had very difficult life experiences and manifest high levels of psychological distress. The contribution of an advocate who works with us over time and builds up relationship with the patients, the doctors and the practice staff, is irreplaceable.
We simply would not be able to provide the same quality of care without them. We would very strongly support the continued funding of Derman, to allow the continuation of this crucial work throughout City and Hackney primary Care.”