The First Minister of Wales Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS will be providing a message of support as Diverse Cymru present Public Health Wales – People and Organisational Development and Caswell Clinic – Swansea Bay University Health Board, the first two organisations to complete the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Cultural Competence Certification Scheme with their Certificates in a virtual event on Friday 8th October 2021.
The project, formed in partnership with UKIED, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Welsh Government, is the first of its kind in Europe, and aims to improve outcomes for Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic Communities by creating practical, ongoing actions for organisations to provide a culturally appropriate service for individuals.
Chief Executive of Diverse Cymru, Chris Dunn, said:
Our vision is centred on a Wales without prejudice or discrimination, and our Cultural Competence Certification Scheme plays a significant role in delivering on this vision. I am proud of this scheme, its inclusive nature, being a critical friend to organisations and supporting them in reimagining their services from the viewpoint of the Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic communities.
I think that is the beauty of this initiative, it is tailored to individual workplaces, and both small and big actions can make a significant and positive difference.
Also speaking will be Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice, Anthony Wilkes, the Chair of UKIED, Andrea Gray, the Mental Health Development Lead for Wales, Ollie John from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Sarah Morgan, Head of Employee Experience at Public Health Wales, Joanne Sullivan, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Caswell Clinic, and others.
The Cultural Competency Certification Scheme was launched on the 11 October 2018 by the then Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, and the need for such an initiative has been further highlighted throughout the pandemic, and was identified by the recent report from the First Minister’s Covid Advisory Group which noted throughout its report the need for action on improving cultural competency in services delivered to the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community in Wales.
Since its launch in 2018 the Scheme has gone from strength to strength and is now active in over 75 workplace areas which includes: participants from all seven health boards in Wales, Public Health Trusts such as Public Health Wales, third sector mental health and learning disability organisations, such as Platfform, Mind Cymru, Hafal, Mental Health Matters Wales, Learning Disability Wales, New Horizons and all the leading substance misuse organisations in Wales , and more recently, since the scheme has been expanded to cover other public service areas, a number of local authorities are in the process of registering. Additionally, the scheme has now been:
- Included in the latest WG Together for Mental Health Delivery Plan until March 2022
- Included as an integral part of the Public Health Wales Quality Improvement Cymru Toolkit for Health Boards
- Included as an immediate recommendation in the First Ministers Covid-19 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Sub-group
- Expanded and adapted to help improve cultural competency in a much wider range of service areas such as HR functions, Substance misuse services, Dementia services, local authority services, and private sector SMEs in Wales. Importantly the scheme has also attracted attention from outside of Wales including Universities in England and the Mental Health Reform groups in the Republic of Ireland
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