What we do

The NHS Race and Health Observatory was established in 2020 to identify and tackle ethnic inequalities in health and social care. Our work sits broadly within five strategic priorities.

These priorities define and determine our areas of focus so that we can maximise our impact and the delivery of our vision: fair health and care for everyone.

For each of the priority areas identified, working groups are established to provide evidence-driven and solution-focused attention – informing policy-making and helping to facilitate change.

Workstreams

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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Protecting the vulnerable

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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Innovation for all ages

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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Partnerships and global working

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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