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Priorities for tackling ethnic minority healthcare inequalities

Morning, Thursday, 14th October 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss latest thinking and initiatives aimed at addressing key issues:

  • at a system-wide level - following the NHS Race and Health Observatory report Ethnic health inequalities and the NHS: driving progress in a changing system
  • at a national policy level - with the Heath and Care Bill supporting the integration of local health and care in order to develop collaborative systems that can improve population health and outcomes

We also expect discussion on the independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report, and on the wider determinants of race and ethnic disparities in the UK, looking at how these impact health outcomes and access to healthcare, as well as priorities for building trust, fairness and inclusivity going forward. 

Further sessions examine the next steps for addressing underlying health inequalities which have been highlighted during the pandemic, looking at policy priorities, what can be done to improve access, and reducing inequalities experienced by the health workforce.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions on:

  • The way forward for tackling ethnic minority healthcare inequalities - with Dr Habib Naqvi, Director, NHS Race and Health Observatory
  • Strengthening leadership and management across health and care, and improving ethnic minority health outcomes - with Professor Mayur Lakhani, Chairman, The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM)
  • Priorities for policy and care to tackle inequalities across public health - with Professor Maggie Rae, President, Faculty of Public Health


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from Defra; the Department for Education; the Department of Health and Social Care; the DWP; the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; HM Revenue & Customs; National Audit Office; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Cardiff and Vale Health Board; Coproduce Care; Croydon BME Forum; Cuimhne Champions; Forest Road Group Practice; Healthwatch Worcestershire; Luton Borough Council; Mary Seacole House; Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust; Northumbria NHS; Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK; Royal United Hospital; St Clare Hospice; Stroke Association; The Foundation for Medical Publishing; The Lewisham Pensioners Forum; and University of Sheffield.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from Bonhill Group.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, regulators, local authorities, the independent and third sectors, community and patient groups, pharmaceutical companies, research and development, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Professor Maggie Rae

President, Faculty of Public Health

Keynote Speakers

Professor Maggie Rae

President, Faculty of Public Health

Dr Habib Naqvi

Director, NHS Race and Health Observatory

Professor Mayur Lakhani

Chairman, The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM); Immediate Past President, The Royal College of GPs; and Chair, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group


Baroness Osamor

Member, Food, Poverty, Health and Environment Committee, House of Lords


Kirit Mistry

Chair, South Asian Health Action

Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé

Chair, NHS BME Network

Dr Suzanne Tyler

Executive Director for Services to Members, Royal College of Midwives

Mehrunisha Suleman

Senior Research Fellow, The Health Foundation

Patricia Miller

Chief Executive Officer, Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust

Usha Kaushal

Lead Operational Pharmacist, NHS 111, NHS England

Eugene Ellis

Founder and Director, The Black, Asian, and African Therapy Network