You can read our 2014-15 Annual Equality Publication which shows how we are making health services more open and accessible to patients from minority and equality protected groups. A snap shot of this work includes:
- Our Equality and Access Team visiting diverse groups in Oxfordshire to encourage them to share their views on ways to improve health services;
- Helping to identify over a thousand unknown carers in Oxfordshire and signposting them towards the advice and support that is available to them;
- Working with GP practices to improve access to services such as uptake of immunisations and cervical screening for people from black and minority ethnic communities;
- Commissioning interpreting services so patients with alternative communications needs such as language interpretation or BSL (British Sign Language) can access GPs, dentists and optometrists in Oxfordshire;
- Organising a patient and public forum event for young people aged under 25 years who gave their feedback and experiences of adolescent mental health services.
Dr Paul Park, the Governing Body Lead for Equality and Diversity at OCCG, said: ‘The population of Oxfordshire is very diverse and in each of our localities there are different health needs. It is important for us to understand these needs in order to ensure health services are planned properly and provide equal quality in terms of access, experience and outcomes for everyone.’