New fellowship programme to tackle health inequalities in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) is launching a new Health Equity Fellowship Programme and is looking for 30 fellows to join.

The role of the fellows will be to actively support WY HCP’s work to tackle health inequalities. The programme will further develop the skills and expertise of people within the Partnership to tackle the causes of health inequality, to build more equitable organisations and communities.

Rob Webster CBE, CEO for WY HCP said: “Addressing health inequalities requires a whole system approach. We know that COVID-19 has exacerbated health inequalities and we need to take an approach that accelerates the actions we are taking at every level in our system. Joining the fellowship will help fellows recognise and challenge the causes of inequality with the skills, honesty and tools  needed to meet our ambitions.”

Dr James Thomas, WY HCP Chair of the Clinical Forum and Clinical Chair of Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group;  and Robin Tuddenham CEO for Calderdale Council and the Accountable Officer for Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group are Co-Chairs of the WY HCP Improving Population Health Programme, they said: “We’re delighted to be launching the Health Equity Fellowship Programme. Working towards the ambition to equip all staff with an understanding of the individual and collective action we can take to create a more equitable health and care system is one of our strategic ambitions to reduce health inequalities. We’re looking forward to welcoming the 30 fellows to this important work”.

Applicants from different sectors and places are encouraged to apply. Funding is available to support applications from the voluntary community social enterprise (VCSE) sector to backfill time for a minimum of five fellowship positions, from the 30 available.

Fellows will be expected to dedicate one day a week of their time to attend training and work on a health equity project from our inequalities programme. The projects could be delivered in the applicant’s usual place of work or it could contribute to wider joined up approaches taking place across the area.

The selection process starts from 1 November with a lunch and learn session from 1:30pm to 2:30pm and will close to interested colleagues by 3 December ready to join the programme in March 2022.

For more information see the Health Equity Fellowship Programme leaflet.

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