Publications

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

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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14 February 2022

Ethnic Inequalities in Healthcare: A Rapid Evidence Review

The Observatory has published its much anticipated rapid review into ethnic health inequalities across a vast range of areas including key priorities set by the independent health body. Ethnic inequalities in access to, experiences of, and outcomes of healthcare are longstanding problems in the NHS, and are rooted in experiences of structural, institutional and interpersonal racism. 

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21 January 2022

NHS Race & Health Observatory Consultation Response – Core20PLUS5

The Race & Health Observatory welcomes the new Core20PLUS5 initiative. It is vital that embedding equity becomes an inherent and non-negotiable part of the service that the NHS provides. We know that, so far, the NHS has not succeded in its mission to provide equal care. It is our belief that, effectively implemented, this programme could be a major step towards achieving that.

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1 December 2021

Supporting named leads for health inequalities on NHS boards

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increasing reliance in the NHS on the ‘named lead’ - a policy exercise whereby an individual, usually at board level, is nominated to lead on a priority area of work. The theory is that making an individual responsible for change will create a sense of more focused attention and provide committed leadership.

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29 November 2021

NHS Race & Health Observatory Strategy

The NHS Race & Health Observatory was established by the NHS in 2021 to examine ethnic inequalities in health across the country, and to support national bodies in implementing meaningful change for ethnic minority communities, patients, and members of the health and care workforce. Our ultimate aim is to help close the gap on ethnic inequalities in health and care. Our strategy document highlights our priorities for the upcoming years.

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26 November 2021

NHS Race & Health Observatory Terminology Consultation Report

Over the Summer of 2021, we carried out a stakeholder engagement exercise to better understand the views of our stakeholders. We asked how people feel about collective terminology such as ‘BME’, ‘BAME’ and ‘ethnic minority’ and asked people to share their views about language more generally. This report outlines the approach we took, and the outcome of that consultation.

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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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