Equality is central to the work of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) and our vision for improving health, wellbeing and healthcare in North Wales. We welcome the Welsh Government’s commitment to introducing a new, distinctly Welsh approach to promoting and safeguarding equality, social justice and human rights in Wales beginning with commencing the Socio-economic Duty.
It is essential that we have a clear overview and understanding of the major issues facing people with different protected characteristics to inform the Health Board’s work. We have listened, continue to listen and hear key messages and value this feedback. We are committed to advancing equality of opportunity and protecting and promoting the rights of everybody to achieve better outcomes for all.
Our Strategic Equality Plan provides a framework to help ensure that equality is properly considered within our organisation and influences decision-making at all levels across BCUHB. This is not an exhaustive list of all activities undertaken by our Health Board that promote and advance equality and rights; it is however, an outline of our key strategic focus. We recognise that the NHS in Wales faces some of the biggest challenges since its creation, and over the duration of this Plan we must adapt to the changing health needs of our population.
The pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated existing health inequalities. We have reviewed and revised our Strategic Equality Plan in response to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.
We will prioritise action to help identify and mitigate the impact of poverty for recipients of healthcare at risk of or actually living in low income households in North Wales.
We will prioritise action to reduce health inequalities and increase the accessibility of healthcare for people sharing different protected characteristics in North Wales.
We will prioritise action to respond to key policy and legal developments in healthcare for people sharing different protected characteristics in North Wales.
We will prioritise action to advance gender equality in North Wales.
We will prioritise action to address personal security for people sharing different protected characteristics accessing health services in North Wales.
We will increase engagement with individuals and groups sharing different protected characteristics in North Wales.
We will prioritise action to increase participation for people sharing different protected characteristics in health services across North Wales.
We will prioritise action to develop an inclusive culture where leaders routinely demonstrate their commitment to promoting equality within BCUHB and beyond and enable a fair and inclusive workforce.
We will prioritise action to advance race equality in North Wales.
In the first instance, where possible, please email: BCU.Equality@wales.nhs.uk or Contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).
All documents referred to can be made available in other languages or formats upon request, please contact a member of our Corporate Communications Team.
Please note some historical documents included on these pages may have links to documents which are no longer active. If you require access to these please contact the Equality Team.