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.