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Health Professions: Ethnic Groups

Question for Department of Health

UIN 9132, tabled on 6 September 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS staff are representative of the population in respect of ethnicity.

Answered on

15 September 2017

The Department is committed to ensuring that the treatment, representation and opportunities of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) staff in the workplace match the values and principles that the National Health Service represents; a fair and equitable NHS for all.

The Department has implemented a number of initiatives to help promote equality and inclusion for NHS staff.

The Workforce Race Equality Standard was mandated to the NHS in April 2015. It requires NHS provider organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including how representative each organisation’s leadership is of its workforce as a whole.

The NHS Leadership Academy (NHS LA) runs two positive action programmes, “Ready Now” and “Stepping Up”, for health and care BAME staff. Proposals to enable a significant expansion in the size of each programme are currently being considered.

The NHS LA is also developing the Building Leadership for Inclusion Programme. This Programme will focus on unlocking leadership potential by ensuring the voices of those employees who are most negatively affected by exclusive leadership practices and organisational cultures shape leadership development interventions.

As at March 2017, 42% of doctors employed in NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups , whose stated nationality was recorded, are BAME. The figure for nurses is 21%. This compares with a figure of 14% across the general population of England and Wales, based on ONS’s most recent 2011 Census figures1.

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