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25 January 2022

‘Race, Racism and Health’ Conference Announced

Some of the most influential figures on race and health inequalities will take part in the independent NHS Race and Health Observatory’s forthcoming international conference on ‘Race, Racism and Health’.

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31 December 2021

Communities urged to get jabbed this New Year

Dr Habib Naqvi, Director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory:

“We are now experiencing the highest rates of COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began, but there still remains lingering doubt about vaccines and boosters amongst some of our Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, especially those from Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities.

“We urge all those who have yet to receive their jabs to speak with healthcare professionals who understand the science, the data and how effective vaccines actually are. Having full facts is vital in making an informed decision on vaccine uptake.

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15 December 2021

NHS Race and Health Observatory Sign Memorandum of Understanding with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The UK’s independent NHS Race and Health Observatory has today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (CDC).

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11 December 2021

Race and Health Observatory to work with UK academic team to explore impact of Long-COVID on UK Healthcare Workers

The NHS Race and Health Observatory has today announced the start of a three-year study to investigate the long-term impact of COVID on NHS healthcare workers (HCWs) across the UK from diverse ethnic backgrounds and roles.

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9 December 2021

International Experts on Race and Health call for greater vaccine access in response to the Omicron variant

Responding to the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Professor leading the NHS Race and Health Observatory’s International Race and Health Experts Group, has warned, “vaccine equity” is a fundamental requirement across the globe.

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1 December 2021

NHS Race Observatory calls for support of health inequality leads

Senior Leaders assigned to improve health inequalities in the NHS need to be supported and equipped to tackle local health inequalities with their progress mapped against key action plans.

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26 November 2021

Survey finds ‘BAME’, ‘BME’ and ‘Ethnic Minority’ not representative

Generic collective terms such as ‘BAME’, ‘BME’ and ‘Ethnic Minority’ are not representative or universally popular, according to the latest results of a consultation led by the NHS Race and Health Observatory.

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19 November 2021

NHS Race and Health Observatory appoints sickle cell advisor

The NHS Race and Health Observatory is pleased to announce the new appointment of a medical advisor to explore sickle cell inequalities in NHS healthcare delivery.

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15 October 2021

NHS leader on ethnic health inequalities makes urgent call for people from minority ethnic backgrounds to learn CPR

Dr Habib Naqvi, the director in charge of the NHS Race and Health Observatory, is calling on everybody, and particularly people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to learn CPR skills this Restart A Heart Day, October 16.

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6 October 2021

Top 50 Black and Minority Ethnic Health Leaders Announced

Leading black and minority ethnic individuals working across healthcare have been recognised in the Health Service Journal’s annual listing of the 'Top 50' most influential black and minority ethnic people in health, announced today.

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31 July 2021

NHS Update Guidance On Blood Oxygen Monitors

In April 2021, the NHS Race and Health Observatory published a rapid review with recommendations into the accuracy of Pulse Oximeter readings for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

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17 July 2021

Caution urged amid lifting of lockdown restrictions and Eid celebrations

The independent NHS Race and Health Observatory and the Muslim Doctors Association are urging caution ahead of lockdown relaxation rules which coincide with the Muslim festival of Eid ul-Adha next week, 19 July.

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