Our independent research, analysis and recommendations on ethnic health inequalities.

30 September 2021

Ethnic Health Inequalities in the UK

The NHS Race and Health Observatory has created a new infographic for Black History Month to raise awareness and give a snapshot glimpse of the many forms of health inequality that black and minority ethnic communities face on a daily basis.

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21 July 2021

NHS Race and Health Observatory Award Contract on Ethnic Health Inequalities

The invitation to tender for our rapid evidence review on ethnic health inequalities has now closed and, following the scoring processes, the contract has been awarded to the University of Manchester, working in conjunction with the University of Sheffield, and the University of Sussex.

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14 July 2021

NHS Race and Health Observatory Board Terms of Reference

The NHS Race and Health Observatory works towards reducing ethnic and racial inequalities in healthcare amongst patients, communities and the NHS workforce. It supports, where appropriate, aspirations in these areas as outlined in national healthcare policies, including the NHS Long Term Plan.

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15 June 2021

Ethnic health inequalities and the NHS

In a new report commissioned by the NHS Race and Health Observatory, healthcare leaders are reminded of their responsibilities for tackling ethnic health inequalities and the need for meaningful and sustained collaboration with local communities. It calls for national government, healthcare regulators, primary care networks, providers, and integrated care systems to prioritise, with renewed focus, a commitment to tackling ethnic health inequalities.

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7 June 2021

Ethnicity coding in English health service datasets

Ethnicity coding in English health service datasets, finds that in 2019/20, 13% of inpatients and 17% of outpatients did not have a known, stated ethnicity recorded.

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14 April 2021

Pulse Oximeter Bias Highlighted in Rapid Review

The Observatory’s rapid review into the accuracy of Pulse Oximeter readings from Black and minority ethnic people outlines how this intervention could potentially be seriously misleading, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, and needs further assessment. The rapid review, dating back to 1990, highlights inaccurate and ambiguous readings when factoring those with darker pigmentation and skin tones, from a comprehensive stock-take of available research.

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11 April 2021

Covid-19 -Testing and vaccination during Ramadan

During the month of Ramadan the independent NHS Race and Observatory urges the Muslim community to use new rapid testing kits to help detect Covid-19.

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8 March 2021

Maximising uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine for Black and minority ethnic people

The Observatory has developed an infographic for local community and healthcare leaders to review new & diverse ways of improving vaccine uptake amongst Black and minority ethnic communities.

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