This Briefing Paper has been produced by MECOPP to support health and social care practitioners develop their practice in working more effectively with interpreters.Read More
This Briefing Paper has been produced by MECOPP to assist local authorities and health boards consider issues which may arise in supporting carers with one or more protected characteristics in delivering responsibilities under the Carers Act.Read More
This paper draws on the experience of the ‘Jeevan’ Project1 in providing dedicated support to South Asian people with dementia and their families/carers. It will provide an insight into some of the issues encountered by the project and the responses that were developed to address them.
Information is everywhere yet it is not equally accessible to all sections of the population. It is widely acknowledged that some communities find it more difficult to access information than others. This is particularly true of BME communities where the lack of accessible information directly affects their ability to use a wide range of supports and services which would assist them in their daily lives.Read More
The information contained in this Briefing Sheet is based on data taken from the 2011 Census. It should be read in conjunction with Briefing Sheet 31. It should also be noted that ethnic categories were revised for the 2011 Census so in some instances, comparable data may not be available.
Originating in America in the late 1980’s, Cultural Competency as a concept for supporting both organisational and individual change has gained increasing recognition over the last two decades. Whilst historically, the focus has been on the transformation and delivery of healthcare services to diverse populations, the conceptual frameworks, models, guiding values and principles are equally applicable across all forms of service delivery.Read More
It is widely acknowledged that mainstream services have failed to meet the care and support needs of Scotland’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. Problems of access and the inappropriateness of much of what is currently available continue to present major challenges for individuals requiring community care services. Research strongly suggests that BME communities will struggle to receive individually tailored support from traditional services.Read More
Over the last decade there has been growing recognition of the needs of BME carers within key policy and legislation at both a Scottish Government and UK wide level. This progress is reflected both in the development of community care and equalities legislation. This section will provide a brief overview of these developments.
Minimal Scottish research exists which explores the nature and extent of informal caring within Minority Ethnic communities. Netto’s study1 into the needs of Minority Ethnic carers of older people in Edinburgh and the Lothian’s remains the most substantive Scottish document.
Morbidity and mortality rates are key indicators in assessing the health of Scotland’s population. Whilst a number of surveys and data sources in Scotland provide information on the overall health status and health behaviour of the population, their ability to provide concrete data on the health of Scotland’s BME population is limited by their failure to systematically collect and record information disaggregated by ethnicity
The most accurate and comprehensive source of statistical data on Scotland’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities’ remains the Census. The figures in this report draw on the findings of the 2001 Census although it is recognised that this information will be updated in the near future by the 2011 Census.