Improving health outcomes for minority ethnic communities

It is well documented that people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are amongst those most at risk of experiencing health inequalities – affecting how long people are likely to live, the health conditions they may experience and the care that is available to them.

The NHS Patient Safety Strategy outlines a new commitment to explore and address inequalities in patient safety, with a focus on exploring the extent to which the risk of clinical harm is experienced unequally across different patient groups; and then to identify areas for development that may contribute to reducing health inequalities around patient safety. Co-production is essential to understand patient journeys that exemplify the heightened risk of harm experienced by patients from particular groups – informing and driving transformational change.

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.

To find out more

Partnership opportunities:  Natasha Dwyer, Head of Sponsorship Sales
Awards entry enquiries: Frank Willing, Delegate Sales Manager