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NHS England takes action to improve race equality across the NHS workforce


17 March 2015

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NHS England has announced action to improve race equality across the NHS workforce.

The move follows recent reports that have highlighted disparities in the number of BME people in senior leadership positions across the NHS, as well as lower levels of wellbeing amongst the BME population.

From April 2015, NHS organisations across the country will be required to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including a specific indicator to ensure that boards are representative of the communities they serve.

NHS England has announced action to improve race equality across the NHS workforce.

The move follows recent reports that have highlighted disparities in the number of BME people in senior leadership positions across the NHS, as well as lower levels of wellbeing amongst the BME population.

From April 2015, NHS organisations across the country will be required to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including a specific indicator to ensure that boards are representative of the communities they serve.

Alongside the standard – called the Workforce Race Equality Standard – the NHS Equality Delivery System (EDS2) will also become mandatory. This is a toolkit that aims to help organisations improve the services they provide for their local communities and provide better working environments for all groups.

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