The Role and Purpose of the NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights
NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights is a strategic resource for NHS organisations that helps them to build capacity and capability to ensure they are able to:
1. meet their statutory equality and human rights requirements
2. demonstrate they meet the diverse needs of patients and staff when planning and delivering health services, and
3. promote learning, collaborative working and best practice on equality and human rights across the NHS and wider Welsh public sector.
How We Work
On the 1st April 2013, the Centre became part of Public Health Wales. The Centre uses a range of tools and techniques to help organisations build capacity around the promotion of equality such as: coaching; mediation; action learning; guidance and bespoke support on undertaking Equality Impact Assessment; peer support and learning. The Centre works collaboratively with a range of organisations such as: Health Boards and Trusts across Wales ; Welsh Local Government Association; Welsh Assembly and the Equality and Human Rights Commission and also across the wider voluntary sector to promote equality and human rights and stress its importance when delivering appropriate and effective public services for Welsh citizens.
It is important to note that the Centre does not provide direct support to service users (patients) or individual staff who seek advice about their own personal situation(s), but is a resouce for the wider NHS Wales in the delivery of its services.
What We Provide
The Centre has an agreed annual work plan but, due to the bespoke nature of its work, has the ability to be flexible enough to tailor its support as required. Set out below is an indication of the Centre's services:
"Supporting NHS Wales to provide quality healthcare services that meet the different needs of people and tackle inequality"
*****NEW*****Draft Findings from Evaluation of Equality Impact Assessments in the Public Sector - Feedback Sessions
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Last updated: 05/12/2013