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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26 July 2022 -

NHS Race and Health Observatory Announces New Board Member

The Chief Executive of University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, Eugine Yafele, has been appointed as a new Board member of the NHS Race and Health Observatory. Eugine will ensure a continued focus on acute delivery as the previous acute expert Board member Patricia Miller has taken on a new role.

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14 July 2022 - Blogs

Build Back Fairer: Social Determinants, ethnicity and health

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed underlying inequalities in society and amplified them. Three striking features of the pandemic in Britain illustrate. First, is the social gradient in mortality from Covid – the greater the deprivation of area of residence, the higher the mortality rate.

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7 July 2022 -

Making A Difference: A Review of the NHS Race and Health Observatory’s First Year

This review looks back on the Observatory's first year in operation, highlighting the progress the organisation has made in that short time, and the impact it has already begun to have on the ethnic health inequality in the UK. As well as outlining areas of significant change, the review also looks forward, towards the work of the next few years, and the opportunities that await.

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