We have listened to the experiences of those who face exclusion and marginalisation, and we know that there is much more to do. We need the NHS to be a place where all are welcome, with a culture of belonging and trust, celebrating diversity in all its forms. We know discrimination, violence and bullying have no place in the NHS, and yet they exist and thrive in some places.
If we do not role model this culture ourselves, how can our patients expect to be treated equitably, and as individuals?
COVID-19 has intensified social and health inequalities. The evidence suggests that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on:
- our Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues, families, and friends
- older people
- those with obesity
- those with a disability or long-term condition.
We want to support you with your ongoing development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that will create and sustain our culture of compassion and inclusion. Our teams and organisations, particularly the senior leadership of the NHS, should actively reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
Inclusive and compassionate workplace success stories
You may find these useful when thinking about how to improve practices in your workplace.
- Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership #WeCareTogether
- North East & Yorkshire – Turning the Big Conversation into Delivery
- NHS Equality Standards
- A fair experience for all: Closing the ethnicity gap in rates of disciplinary action across the NHS workforce
- A Model Employer: Increasing black and minority ethnic representation at senior levels across the NHS
- Improving through inclusion: Supporting staff networks for black and minority ethnic staff in the NHS
- Sharing replicable good practice on workforce race equality and inclusion: case studies
- WRES guidance and resources
- Workforce Disability Equality Standard
- LGBT Health
- NHS Race & Health Observatory
- NHS Employers Disability pages
- NHS Employers 2020 enei award winners announced
- NHS Employers COVID advice – health, safety and wellbeing
- Addressing impact of COVID-19 on BAME staff in the NHS
- Safe working for all NHS staff through COVID-19
- Risk assessments for at-risk staff groups: Letter from Prerana Issar, Dr Nikki Kanani and Amanda Pritchard
- WRES briefing for board and COVID-19 emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) membership in the NHS
- Freedom to Speak Up
What initiatives can I take forward now?
Workforce assessments: help identify people with potentially increased vulnerability to infection or adverse outcomes from COVID-19.
- Action: Carry out a risk assessment for vulnerable staff including BAME colleagues and anyone who needs additional support, and take action where needed. You can then expand it to all staff groups.
Continue to Support BAME staff during the recovery phase and post-COVID – health and wellbeing, giving voice and creating positive BAME staff role models – who would be your role model?
Make sure BAME staff are represented at all Agenda for Change bands, including very senior managers and board level.
Help us to help you
Do you have a success story or resource to share? Please contact us and let us know so that we can make it available for everyone.