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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16 March 2023 -

Get help to stop smoking this Ramadan

This Ramadan, the NHS Race and Health Observatory and British Islamic Medical Association have developed a new infographic to encourage smokers to use the Islamic holy month to seek support and quit smoking.

Fasting is an ideal time to seek help, reduce and finally stop smoking cigarettes and taking associated chewing stimulants such as khat, betel quid and paan. Instead, users of these substances are encouraged to reach out and access free support from NHS Stop Smoking Services.

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13 March 2023 - News

NHS Race and Health Observatory – Creation of an implementation strategy and model

The aim of this work is to develop an implementation strategy and model that allows the Observatory to support the practical realisation of its recommendations. We are looking to appoint an organisation or individual, with significant experience in this field, to work with us in developing such a model.

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8 March 2023 -

Open statement from the NHS Race and Health Observatory to the healthcare system on addressing racism in the workplace

Over the recent period, a number of employment tribunals, independent reviews and an active petition to the UK Government to commission an independent inquiry into injustices suffered by Black, Asian and ethnic minority NHS staff, sadly remind us exactly where the healthcare system is on its journey of tackling workforce race equality.

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