Health & Wellbeing
Dorset Race Equality Council works with the National Health Service [NHS] in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole to provide health information of value to black and minority ethnic [BME] people living and working in the area and to provide them with an effective ‘voice’ concerning their experience of NHS services .
Current campaigns and topical information is published on the Home page and recent ones can be accessed from this Health & Wellbeing section on our website.
We provide two consultation groups - a BME NHS service users’ engagement network, and a BME carers group – to support BME residents using NHS services in our area. Please contact us for more information if you would like to get involved with the Engagement Network or Carers Groups.
For information on how to access local health service provision (doctors, hospitals, dentists, pharmacies) visit the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx) for more information.
Our Mission Statement concerning fairness and inclusion in Healthcare and Social Care
Dorset Race Equality Council believes that all people should have equal access to medical, health and social care services, and that individuals from ethnic minority communities in Dorset must receive fair and effective treatment from providers.
We believe that the National Health Service (NHS) is there to serve all members of society in an equitable way: irrespective of their ethnic origin or culture.
Dorset Race Equality Council wants to hear from you about any gaps in service provision that you or the people you know may be experiencing. People often find it difficult to navigate the NHS system: especially those with complex needs, and as a result their confidence in the NHS is diminished. We want to help restore this confidence, by making sure that everyone receives a comprehensive and joined-up service.
Working in partnership with the Dorset area NHS and social services, we obtain feedback about the reasons why ethnic minority service users report lower levels of satisfaction than those from the majority population. We are passionate about addressing this challenge and through our work with and on behalf of the communities we serve, we seek to bring about positive change.
There are half a million Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people in the UK who provide unpaid care to a loved one. Research suggests that people from BME backgrounds are less likely to register as carers with their GP and can therefore miss out on the financial and practical support that may be available to them.
People from Black and ethnic minority communities shaping local healthcare provision
- Are you a Dorset resident?
- Are you from an ethnic minority community?
- Do you think that healthcare services could be improved to better meet the needs of your community?
Macmillan Cancer Support have produced guidance on accessing information and using the Macmillan Support Line in a range of different languages, to enable people who do not have English as their first language to receive support in their language of choice. Translations are available in the following languages:
- Eastern European & Russian, Arabic & Kurdish languages
- Far East Asian, Tamil & Somalian languages
- South Asian languages
CLICK HERE to view the translated leaflets.