The NHS Race & Health Observatory works to identify and tackle ethnic inequalities in health and care by facilitating research, making health policy recommendations and enabling long-term transformational change.


Improving health and care

We are committed to focussing on areas in health and care that have long shown ethnic inequalities in access, experience or outcomes – working to reshape policy and practice so that they support fair health and care for all, from neonatal health to end of life care.

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Empowering Vulnerable Communities

The most vulnerable in society are often those who experience the cumulative impact of health inequalities. Our work to identify and tackle ethnic health inequalities recognises the complexity of the social determinants of health as well as the resulting effect that can have on individual personal choices.

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Innovating for all

Digital technology has great potential to improve how the health and care sectors deliver their services in a modern way; providing faster, safer and more convenient care. It is essential that new and innovative approaches, technologies and data collection structures are designed to help reduce ethnic health inequalities.

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Creating equitable environments

We are committed to rebuilding and supporting health and care systems, change levers and management leadership behaviours – to tackle ethnic health inequalities and promote quality of care, safety, compassion and a fairer experience for patients, NHS staff and diverse communities alike.

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Collaborating globally

We work both nationally and internationally, connecting with organisations and key stakeholders from across the country and around the world. We are committed to the sharing of innovative research, practice, and learning between communities and across borders.

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23 June 2022 -

Research grant awarded to address mental health needs for Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities

The NHS Race and Health Observatory has awarded a £100k research grant to the University of Worcester to investigate how mental health services are engaging Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across the UK.

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21 June 2022 - News

Top speakers set to headline Race and Health Observatory’s International Conference

The NHS Race and Health Observatory has today, 21 June, announced a major line-up of international speakers for its inaugural ‘Health, Race and Racism’ conference taking place on 7 and 8 July.

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19 June 2022 - News

Sickle Cell Bundle Cluster Randomised Trial Project

A recent parliamentary inquiry into avoidable deaths and failures of care for sickle cell patients in secondary care identified that too often acute painful sickle episodes are poorly managed by the NHS. It recommended that the NHS Race and Health Observatory (NHSRHO) undertake a study into sickle cell care in relation to race and ethnicity.

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