In 2010, Public Health Wales published our Welsh Language Scheme. This marked the start of Public Health Wales’ journey with regard to the Welsh language and, in particular, our commitment to increasing the availability and improving the quality of our Welsh language services. Alongside our Scheme, we have been implementing the Welsh Government Strategic Framework for Welsh Language Services in Health, Social Services and Social Care: More Than Just Words.
The work we have done to date is in recognition of the importance of placing users at the centre of our services. We wanted to ensure that everyone who used our services received effective services appropriate to their individual needs. In our opinion, an appropriate and efficient service is one that meets the language and communication needs of the service user. We acknowledge that many people can only communicate and participate in their services as equal partners effectively through the medium of Welsh. We are committed to meeting the Welsh language needs of our service users.
Our Welsh Language Scheme ceases on 30 May 2019, but our Welsh language journey continues. From 30 May 2019, we will be working to Welsh Language Standards (No.7) Regulations, a new arrangement under the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.
We will publish an annual report in October each year on our performance against the Standards.