You can see some of WHEC’s  newer publications below:

These reports, guides and surveys look at health issue through a Gendered Lens covering a range of topics and users: achieving better health outcomes for older women, dementia, the care act, mental health (for BME, women living with HIV and other vulnerable groups), services for young and vulnerable or marginalised women, vulnerable migrant women.

WHEC organisations and researchers ran focus groups, audited service provision, collated and analysed widely dispersed material on key topics, and made policy recommendations, drawing on a wealth of experience and specialism in the women’s voluntary sector.  A strong theme in this material is an analysis and articulation of the concepts of sex and gender and the ways in which they are relevant for health and social care provision.  These materials are being used to bring insight and offer better ways of meeting women and girls’ health and social care needs.  WHEC welcomes your help in raising issues and please let us have your feedback.

  • WHEC  Publications in 2017

Homelessness and Health for Disadvantaged Groups. Download the report here.

WHEC has worked with a range of specialist organisations on a report exploring the specific issues linked to homelessness that affect particular disadvantaged groups.

This report highlights the challenges that individuals from disadvantaged groups face in accessing appropriate housing and support. It was created as part of the Voluntary and Community Sector Strategic Partnership Programme.

Topics in the report include:

  • Homelessness and mental health
  • Homelessness, health and Black and Minority Ethnic people
  • Homelessness, health and people in the criminal justice system
  • Homelessness, health and older people
  • Homelessness, health and LGB&T communities
  • Homelessness and health for women.

The Impact on Health Inequalities of Charging Migrant Women for NHS Maternity Care. Download the report here.

The introduction of charging for overseas visitors in 2004, followed by further restrictions after new immigration legislation in 2014 has led to widespread concerns about their impact on individual and public health. There have also been concerns about the procedures through which charges have come to be implemented, given that the NHS has not had pre-existing mechanisms for charging. Given the known vulnerabilities of migrant women who are chargeable for maternity care, this study, as an initial scoping exercise, suggests that there is a need for further and more in-depth investigation of the impact of charging for maternity care on migrant women and their families.

Value of the Women’s Voluntary and Community Sector Delivering Health Services.

Download the Executive Summary here the full report here.

This report that looks into the major role that the women’s voluntary and community sector in the UK plays in the delivering of health services in particular demonstrating the total value that women’s organisations delivering health services provide to the NHS in terms of monetary cost savings and long term health outcomes. Key findings indicate that the annual savings made to the NHS by the women’s health sector amounts to £454,296,693 half a billion pounds per year.

  • WHEC  Publications in 2016

Focus on Older Women: improving health outcomes for Older Women. Download the report here.

This report collates information about the key health issues for Older Women and makes recommendations for improving the health outcomes and well-being of this group.


Women and Dementia.  Download the 2016 report here.

This report examines how gender impacts experiences of Dementia and recommends a number of gendered interventions.


Placing Girls and Young Women at the Heart of Health. Download the report here.

This research aims to promote equalities and reduce health inequalities between service provision to older clients compared to young women and girls, through an improved understanding of the gaps, as well as effective services targeted at girls and young women’s wellbeing.


Commissioning Health Services for Vulnerable Migrant Women in England: Evidence on Policies and Practices. Download the report here.

The aim of this report is to explore the ways clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authority public health teams together with voluntary sector organisations are addressing health needs of vulnerable migrant women, factors that have shaped policies, and good and bad practices in local areas.


Women’s Mental Health and Wellbeing: Access to and quality of mental health services. Download the report here.

 This briefing paper reports on women’s experiences of mental health and wellbeing, access to mental health services, effective services, and gaps in service provision


WHEC briefing: The Care Act – Key Points for Women’s Voluntary Sector Organisations. Download the briefing here.

This briefing explains of the Care Act for Women’s Voluntary Sector Organisations. The focus of the Care Act (2014) is the help (care and support) that is provided to people with illness or disabilities from s (local authorities).


WHEC briefing: A Woman’s Short Guide to the Care Act (2014). Download the briefing here.

A woman’s short guide on how to get the help you need with “activities of daily living” under the Care Act (2014).


Review of WHEC. Download the report here.

The aim of this 2016 review was to document what the WHEC partnership had achieved together over the last 24 months.


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