NHS Centre improves equality data collection
The Wales NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights undertook a patient equality monitoring project. This has:
- developed a minimum data set that is inclusive of all six equality strands
- facilitated the necessary technical changes to be made to the patient information systems operating across NHS Wales
- delivered training on data collection for front line staff.
Pilots were undertaken before services were obliged to collect the data. It is anticipated that the data will be fundamentally important to the assessment of policy impact on different groups. The next challenge for the organisation involved will be to ensure that the data is analysed and used to inform service design and delivery.