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.

Workstreams

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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Latest

22 September 2022 -

Policy Briefing: The Ockenden review

This briefing examines the Ockenden review through the lens of race equality and makes recommendations for best practice in the future.

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22 September 2022 -

Public Digital announced to lead Observatory’s Sickle Cell Disease digital discovery project

Barriers to treatment, support and emergency healthcare faced by patients experiencing acute painful sickle cell episodes will be investigated by the NHS Race and Health Observatory. The Independent health body plans new evidence-based recommendations to improve emergency care and treatment pathways for NHS sickle cell patients.

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22 September 2022 - News

Review of NHS health communications with (and for) the Jewish community

Health inequalities that disproportionally affect the Jewish community include immunisation take up, Covid-19 and breast cancer risks. This research will provide insights that help promote effective and respectful engagement and communication between health service providers and the Jewish community in order to improve patient experiences.

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