The ITS reference group, formed in the aftermath of the Race Equality Foundation’s successful conference on interpreting and translation services, met recently to discuss the importance of language support in health and social care, particularly in the face of ongoing NHS reforms. Bringing together a number of stakeholders from the voluntary and health sectors, the meeting emphasised the benefits that specialist interpreting services bring to both patients and professionals, raising a number of issues, including:
- the importance of face to face interpreters
- the role of emerging technologies such as video interpreting.
- the specific needs of black and minority ethnic communities with conditions such as poor mental health.
- the importance of good commissioning in ITS.
The group plans to respond to upcoming consultations and highlight key issues of concern throughout the year.
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