16 / 12 / 2014 Midday
NHS Employers are working with a number of national organisations - through the Equality and Diversity Council - to support employers in providing better health outcomes for BME staff and communities. As part of their planning for implementing the EDS2, NHS organisations will need to look at the profile and demographics of both the BME communities that they serve and the BME workforce that they employ. The two reports below should help NHS organisations in achieving this goal.
Explaining levels of well being in BME populations in England report 2014
Self-reported wellbeing, i.e., feeling good and functioning well, varies between different ethnic groups in the UK. A report by Jacqui Stevenson: formerly of the African Health Policy Network & Professor Mala Rao concludes that even controlling for the social and economic factors known to influence wellbeing, there appears to be a residual, non-random difference – with people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities reporting lower levels of wellbeing than their White counterparts. For more details.
Snowy White Peaks, Roger Klein 2014
A study by Roger Kline, The snowy white peaks of the NHS, examined BME progression in the health service in London and exposed the stark contrast between the city's demography, with 45% of the population and 41% of its NHS staff made up of BME people, and BME representation of only 8% of trust board members, and 2.5% of chief executives and chairs.
As well as highlighting work that still needed to be done, the report The performance of the health sector in meeting the Public Sector Equality Duties, also highlighted 16 examples where good practice in the areas of employment, commissioning, service provision and engagement had contributed to improved health outcomes. These examples were assessed on the following grounds:
- that they demonstrated need using relevant data relating to employment, commissioning, health and/or other relevant inequalities
- that they involved consultation with and the inclusion of target groups and other stakeholders
- that they set clear priorities and objectives relating to equality outcomes.
Health services provision
The following practices were identified as promoting equality outcomes in healthcare provision:
Cross functional services
The following examples were identified as promoting equality outcomes across functions: