“Stories of Health and Wellness: Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Communities in Wales”

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The Stories of Health and Wellness project was set up by the NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights (NHS CEHR) and Romani Cultural and Arts Company (RCAC).

The Stories of Health and Wellness project was set up by the NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights (NHS CEHR) and Romani Cultural and Arts Company (RCAC) to capture the experiences of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people when they have accessed NHS healthcare services, whether at a GP surgery, hospital, dental practice or pharmacy.

To capture the individual stories, members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community attended training to learn how to interview effectively using a digital recorder.  The project has been running since April 2016 and 100 individual stories have now been recorded, including those of early childhood and young parents.

Once these stories have been edited a selection will be made available on both the CEHR and RCAC websites.  The stories will form the basis for an e-learning module in respect of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community which will be built by the CEHR during 2017 and be compulsory for all NHS Wales staff.  Also, a formal report will be published in April 2017; it is hoped that this report will help to promote positive change in the provision of healthcare to the community.

A newsletter with progress so far and further information can be found at: RCAC Health Wellness Update