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HEIW spell out their plans for creating a more equal wales

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) has today launched their Strategic Equality Plan (SEP) 2020-2024.

Created using feedback from a robust consultation and engagement process, the SEP sets out HEIW’s direction of travel for the next four years, explaining how they will work to promote equality, eliminate discrimination and foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

Key objectives within the plan include:

  • increasing workforce diversity and inclusion,
  • addressing pay gaps,
  • engaging with the community,
  • ensuring equality is embedded into the procurement/commissioning process and is managed throughout delivery; and
  • ensuring service delivery reflects individual need.

The launch of the SEP also formally declares HEIW’s commitment to being part of Wales’ first Public Body Equality Partnership (WPBEP). This group of 11 public sector organisations have come together to share resources, insight and expertise in order to promote equality across all areas.

Through this collective approach, the WPBEP works to meet the challenges set out in the 'Is Wales Fairer report, 2018’ whilst reflecting the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

Chief Executive at HEIW, Alex Howells said “I am proud to lead an organisation which truly believes that creating a fair and inclusive Wales is the right thing to do.

“This new SEP demonstrates our commitment to be an exemplar employer by actively creating and promoting a more equitable and inclusive environment for all.”

Under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), which forms part of the Equality Act (2010), listed bodies in Wales are required to review their existing equality objectives at least every four years.

View the new HEIW SEP.