The NHS Race and 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.

We involve experts from both the UK and internationally to offer analysis and policy recommendations to improve health outcomes for NHS patients, communities and staff.


Improving health outcomes

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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Protecting the vulnerable

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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Innovation for all ages

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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Partnerships and global working

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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15 June 2021 - News

New report calls for NHS to escalate plans tackling ethnic health inequalities

As the biggest employer of black and minority ethnic staff in Europe, the National Health Service needs to work more closely with local communities and other parts of the healthcare system to address long-standing ethnic health disparities and close the gap on future health inequalities.

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10 June 2021 - Press release

NHS Race and Health Observatory welcomes new US partnership to tackle health inequalities

Following the announcement today by the UK government, the NHS Race and Health Observatory warmly welcomes the announcement of the partnership with the US Centre for Disease Control’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.

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7 June 2021 - Blog

Building trust takes time. The key is starting the conversation.

Public health will not work without the public’s trust. Unfortunately, there is a loss of trust in public institutions among some in our ethnic minority communities.

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