Bevan is named after the founder of the NHS, Nye Bevan and our founding principles echo his famous quote that no person should be denied health care due to a lack of means.
We were formed in 2011 by a group of Bradford Primary Care Trust staff under the ‘Right to Request’ scheme which enabled NHS clinicians and managers to form social enterprises to deliver bespoke community health services. Initially Bevan was established to set up to serve sex working women in Bradford who were vulnerable to health iniquities in accessing mainstream primary health care provision.
Bevan founder Gina Rowlands saw that women were being failed by mainstream services and missing out on essential screenings, vaccinations and contraception care and so set up a mobile clinic every Thursday evening – taking primary care to the streets at a time when women could access it.
Bevan’s services have since evolved to include a Street Health Team in both Leeds and Bradford operating from two fully equipped mobile clinics, GP Practices in Leeds and Bradford, Specialist Hospital Teams, Migrant Health Teams, Wellbeing and Social Prescribing.