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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