One in every five members of the NHS workforce is from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, yet only 8% of boards hold BME representation. In 2019, there were just 143 BME staff at very senior manager pay bands across the 227 NHS trusts in England.
BME staff were 1.22 times more likely to enter formal disciplinary procedures and 15% of BME staff have reported experience of discrimination at work in the past 12 months.
Issues of limited career progression, discriminatory verbal or physical attacks from colleagues and patients, and a lack representation at senior levels are faced by BME staff across the service. This award recognises initiatives which promote race equality and inclusion within the workplace.
A wide variety of ideas have been employed to drive the race equality and inclusion agenda.
- Reverse mentoring where senior staff work to understand the lived experience of BME staff help identify weakness in progression and discriminatory practice.
- Ensuring representation on interview panels helps to encourage BME staff to apply for more senior roles.
- Driving education and training (for both BME and white staff) and supporting BME staff on their career path
- Supporting BME staff against discriminatory behaviour from colleagues and patients through positive communication and accountability across a trust
NHS organisations that embrace the diversity of their workforce achieve higher levels of staff satisfaction, a positive working culture, improved patient outcomes and organisational efficiency.
Judges are looking for initiatives which can show tangible results in reduction of harassment and bullying, disciplinary experiences for BME staff in comparison with white colleagues, clear and evidenced career progression, increased likelihood of BME staff appointed to senior roles, evidence that BME staff believe their employer offers equal opportunities for promotion and improved organisational culture.
All NHS organisations, General Practice and primary care organisations.