The review, covering an area including Harrogate and Craven, will be chaired by Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, a leading figure in national health and care policy.
It has been commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, the fourth-largest integrated care system in the county, made up NHS organisations, councils, Healthwatch, charities, community and voluntary organisations. The partnership covers Bradford district and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.
It will build on the report findings published by Public Health England last month regarding the disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19, as well as learning from the experience of its own partners. It aims to strengthen understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities and staff, review and accelerate existing work on health inequalities.
Rob Webster, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership CEO Lead, said: “Our Partnership had already set out 10 big ambitions in the Five Year Plan to tackle health inequalities, including for BAME communities and staff. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced that we need to make these a reality as soon as possible. We have a fantastic group of BAME network chairs who are directly influencing our work across the leadership and priority programme areas, including preventing ill health, cancer and maternity care. I am delighted that Professor Dame Donna has agreed to work with us as we seek to make the biggest improvements that we can.”