NHS Race and Health Observatory

The NHS Race and Health Observatory is an independent body, supported by NHS England and hosted by the NHS Confederation. It is established to identify and tackle ethnic and racial inequalities for patients, communities and the NHS workforce. The Observatory is a proactive investigator that facilitates new, high-quality evidence, makes actionable policy recommendations for change, and helps facilitate the practical implementation of those recommendations across health and care.

Ethnic inequalities are evident from neonatal health to end of life care, and at critical points between those two milestones. These disparities are set against higher levels of specific conditions and diseases. The Observatory works towards transforming long-standing inequalities in access, experience and outcomes in such areas.

The diverse and influential board of the Observatory is chaired by Marie Gabriel CBE. The director of the Observatory is Dr Habib Naqvi MBE.