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Recognising BME staff contribution would improve care, says CNO

Patient outcomes would improve if the contributions of black and ethnic minority staff were better harnessed, chief nursing officer Dame Christine Beasley has said.

Speaking at a conference to celebrate the contribution of ethnic minority staff last week Dame Christine said: “If we don’t really understand the contribution people can make, then we will never hit our high aspirations around high quality care for all. Saying this is about benefits to patients is essential.”

Diseases prevalent in particular communities would be tackled more effectively if those with higher levels of cultural understanding played a more prominent role, she said.

But she called the lack of diversity “across the piece” in the NHS a “real indictment”.

“We have to think seriously about what we can we do differently. What we’re doing now is certainly not working.”

She criticised the fact that top NHS roles were disproportionately held by white people and called for people from diverse backgrounds to take responsibility for their own career progression by seeking out opportunities and training.

 

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Readers' comments (5)

  • But she called the lack of diversity “across the piece” in the NHS a “real indictment”.

    Where has she been hiding? I looked around in the clinic room one night and realised (demographically ) I was a mid 30's african, black woman. The Prof in my school was a black african woman.

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  • I amazed. While acknowleding that there is lack of diversity across the NHS. The CNO has left out the equality part which is crucial. All men should be treated equal but some are more equal than others. Yes I agree BME staff should take responsibility for their own career progression, however it is more than that, it is about changing the mind set of some people within the NHS. You have a foreign name you dont even get short listed. let alone being interviewed. Sometimes the stage is set, to be seen to be doing the right thing, but the job has already being given away Yes by all means BME staff should take responsibility for their career progression. Is the resources, guidance and support available to support them to do so? this should not just be talked about it should be one of the top ten bench marks for organisations, this will then l give crediance to the bit about caring for our diverse population and communities that the NHS strive to serve.

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  • by using specif race cards we do discriminate where I come from the patient is the patient not a black or asian and the nurse is a nurse by labeling people we do a big diservice to all . people are people no matter what the colour

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  • although I agree there is diversity in the nhs if you come from a BME back ground it somtimes takes a lot of energy to be heard or to be taken on board

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  • although I agree there is diversity in the nhs if you come from a BME back ground it somtimes takes a lot of energy to be heard or to be taken on board

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