26 November 2021

NHS Race & Health Observatory Terminology Consultation Report

As a new organisation working in race equality, we are acutely aware of the power that language can have to shape public policy. 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. We engaged with over 5000 people, through a combination of a survey and focus groups, and used those insights to inform the creation of five principles we will follow when writing and talking about race. This report outlines the approach we took, and the outcome of that consultation.

Read the full report in PDF format here