Health workers recognised for Welsh language initiatives

An awards ceremony celebrating successful initiatives which strengthen Welsh-language services in health and social care took place 19 June 2014 at the Wales Millennium Centre, in Cardiff Bay.

The Words into Action conference and Welsh Language in Health, Social Services and Social Care Awards help to share best practice and ensure Welsh language provision is an important element of the care process across the country. The event also promoted the responsibility of health and care providers to actively offer a Welsh-language service.

The conference recognised the progress made in implementing the Welsh Government strategy ‘More than just Words’ in delivering Welsh language services in health, social services and social care.

Dr Andrew Goodall, the new chief executive of the NHS in Wales, also spoke about leadership in delivering Welsh-language services.

The organisers broadened the scope of the awards this year to include people working in social services and social care as well as health.

Four new categories were introduced – Care Based on the Active Offer; IT and the Welsh Language; Supporting Learners and Exceptional Commitment to Providing Welsh Language Service.