NHS England and NHS Improvement

NHS England and NHS Improvement leads the NHS in England. We set the priorities and the direction of the NHS and encourage and inform national debate to improve health and care. We want everyone to have greater control of their health and well-being and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly improving. 

Race Equality Award

Research and evidence strongly suggest that less favourable treatment of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff in the NHS has significant impact on the efficient and effective running of the NHS, and critically, on the quality of care received by all patients.

Since 2015, the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) requires NHS organisations, who together employ 1.4 million strong people, to demonstrate progress against nine indicators of workforce race equality.

The WRES highlights differences between the representation, experience and treatment of white and BME staff in the NHS. It helps organisations to focus on where they are right now on this agenda, where they need to be, and how they can get there.

Some NHS organisations are beginning to see continuous improvements in this area – this is reflected in, amongst other metrics, their annual WRES data. It is important that organisations demonstrating continuous improvements are celebrated for their ongoing achievements, and their good practice shared.


System Led Support for Carers Award

There are around 5.5 million unpaid Carers in England, with around 1.4 million providing in excess of 50 hours of care to a family member or friend. It is estimated that this represents a value of £132 billion per year to health and care systems. We know that Carers often experience poorer health than their nonCarer peers and NHS England is committed to addressing this inequality in health outcomes. This award represents an opportunity for teams to demonstrate new ways of working, using integrated care models that engage health, social care, the voluntary sector, community groups and most importantly Carers themselves to deliver improved outcomes and experiences of care for this group.