Improving health outcomes for minority ethnic communities

There has been mounting evidence of the disproportionate impact of covid-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The pandemic has shone a light and magnified long existing health inequalities within society and has reaffirmed the link between race, ethnicity, socio-economic status and health outcomes. Potential reasons for these differences include the overrepresentation of minority ethnic staff working in frontline roles, unequal distribution of socio-economic resources, disproportionate risks to minority ethnic staff within the NHS workspace and high ethnic predisposition to certain diseases which have been linked to poorer outcomes with Covid-19. The urgent need to introduce new measures which focus on ensuring the safety of minority ethnic patients and staff is evident now more than ever. The NHS has a crucial role to play in addressing health inequalities through the way services are provided and by increasing focus on prevention. In line with the commitments set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, in 2019, all local health systems were expected to set out how they will specifically reduce health inequalities by 2023/24 and 2028/29.

This award will recognise organisations that have taken a more concerted and systematic approach to tackle complex racial disparities in order to ensure the safety of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and address unwarranted variation in their care. Judges are looking for evidence-based, and data-driven interventions that have significantly reduced health inequalities and can be rolled out at scale.


Entries are welcome from across the NHS and public sector health and social care system.


  • Identify the need for improvement in care and what steps were taken to put this initiative in place
  • Describe the project or initiative, including an outline of the goals set, what checks and balances were in place, and how success could be measured
  • Explain how the initiative was informed by existing best practice or from data and evidence demonstrating severe health inequalities amongst minority ethnic groups  


  • Evidence that patient safety has improved as a direct result of the initiative
  • This must include a quantitative aspect and can cover any aspect of human factors but can also include qualitative measures such as patient or staff feedback
  • Evidence the patient safety work has directly contributed to the delivery of consistently high-quality care
  • What other benefits have been realised as a result of the project?


  • How have your team worked within your organisation to disseminate the success of this initiative? Are the achievements being replicated or scaled within other departments, specialisms or organisations?
  • Alternatively, provide clear evidence that the work is potentially replicable and scalable.


  • Demonstrate how the initiative has enhanced quality, the patient experience or ability of staff to manage care more effectively
  • Outline to what extent the initiative has helped deliver financial value as well as value to the patient.
  • Provide testimonials from patients and stakeholders to help support the entry.


  • Show how patients are involved in decisions around their care, and how their views were embedded in the design of the initiative
  • Evidence how a multidisciplinary approach was taken, with all relevant parties fully engaging in the work. This should include managers, medics and nurses as well as patients and families.
  • Provide detailed evidence which supports a culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements
Improving health outcomes for minority ethnic communities

To find out more

Contact Ryan Bessent for information on how to get involved with the Patient Safety Awards 2021 on 0207 608 9045 or email at