Erin Wynn will chair the Board of Directors and will work with seven other members to ensure progress is made on the actions set out in the five-year plan “More than just Words” launched last year.
Speaking at the National Diet Building today, the Minister said:
Our plan aims to create medical and social care services that enable people to actively provide care in Wales.
Studies have shown that having services available in Welsh significantly improves people’s experience and often improves health and well-being outcomes. However, it also revealed that people often find it difficult to access services in Welsh and are reluctant to ask if services are not available in Welsh.
The Board I am announcing today has extensive experience and knowledge of the use of the Welsh language in health and social services. They give me advice on areas where further progress can be expected and if there are new concerns where ambitions have not been met.
We have already made significant progress in the first year of the plan, including the introduction of mandatory Welsh language awareness training for NHS staff and the development of workforce planning guidance for Welsh skills. Health authorities have set Welsh language standards and efforts have begun to place tutors within health boards and trusts to develop confident Welsh speakers.
However, there is still much work to be done and I look forward to working with the Board to receive the first progress report later this year.
Members of the Advisory Board are:
Erin Wynn is an independent member of the Bangor University Council and has a particular interest in the development of the new North Wales Medical College. She is a member of the Welsh Language Committee and has her extensive experience in communications and marketing and her track record of working with her partners and stakeholders.
Dr Arwenna Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedicine at Swansea University and an appointed Welsh Language Teacher in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. She successfully established the Welsh offering in the Swansea University Medical School undergraduate degree system. Her research interests include the impact of Welsh care on Welsh-speaking patients.
Donna Lewis is the Chief Executive of the National Center for Welsh Language Learning. The aim of the Center is to generate new Welsh speakers, thereby contributing to the realization of the Cymraeg 2050 ambition.
Dr. Hugh Dylan Owen is Head of Social Services for Gwynedd Council. He holds a PhD in Welsh in Care and Medical Services and has worked for Swansea City and County Council, Carmarthenshire Health Trust, Carmarthenshire County Council and Pawyds County Council. He received a Welsh Government Award for his work in integrating social care and health services.
Dr Olwen Williams is a Consultant Physician who has worked in the field of sexual health and HIV medicine in North Wales for over 30 years. She is currently seconded to Health Education and Improvement in Wales as Associate Director of Clinical Leadership. She is president-elect of the Royal University Academy of Wales.
Dr. Rajan Madhok is an avid Welsh language learner. He currently serves as Non-Executive Director of the Board of Trustees of the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Non-Executive Member of Llais (a public voice organization) and Council Governor of Coleg Cambria.
Rhys Davies is Vice Chairman of the Standards Committee of the Anglesey County Council. Prior to his retirement he was in Llangefni where he worked as a dentist for over 30 years and was involved in the local dental service. He was also president of the Dental Association and was a tutor at a dental school in North West Wales.
Teresa Owen is the Executive Director of Public Health at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Chair of the Health Board’s Welsh Forum. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of Public Health for the Hywel Dda University Health Board.