Independent review into BAME health inequalities covering parts of North Yorkshire

An independent review has been commissioned into the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities and support needed for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and staff in part of North Yorkshire.
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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.”

I welcome the opportunity to work with colleagues in West Yorkshire and Harrogate in what I expect will be a challenging and constructive review. We can only truly understand the indirect impacts of COVID-19 and how this disproportionately affects specific groups of people by talking to those with experience. I’m hopeful that together we can influence change, both in the short and long term.
— Professor Dame Donna Kinnair

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