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.