Westminster Health Forum

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Tackling ethnic minority inequality in health and social care - improving care outcomes, learning from COVID-19, addressing underlying factors, and priorities for leadership and the workforce


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will consider the next steps for tackling ethnic minority inequality across healthcare - for those working in the sector and those using its services.

With a contribution from the Minister for Equalities, Kemi Badenoch MP, the discussion is bringing stakeholders together with key policy officials who are due to attend from DHSC; the MHRA; the Cabinet Office; DWP; BEIS; DfE; the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; HMRC; the NAO; HMPPS; UKRI; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.

The agenda:

  • Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the ethnic minority community, and priorities for improving health outcomes
  • The health and social care response to inequality through the pandemic and taking forward new initiatives
  • Understanding the data and risk factors for COVID-19 in ethnic minority groups
  • Wider health inequalities faced by people in ethnic minorities - addressing underlying factors, and the role of COVID-19 recovery strategies in supporting long-term change
  • Tackling COVID-19 health inequalities for ethnic minority groups
  • Priorities for providing leadership in tackling health inequalities in the workforce
  • Providing support to the ethnic minority health workforce and taking forward key learnings from COVID-19
  • Next steps for action in race disparity in healthcare

The context at a glance:

  • the NHS People Plan - its measures for equality, inclusion and diversity, including around:
    • recruitment, wellbeing, leadership and governance, and regulation
    • building confidence to speak up, with commitments to launch a training programme for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians and Workforce Race Equality Standard experts
  • the pandemic - PHE’s COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities report, and SAGE and Independent SAGE evidence reviews into why ethnic minority groups are at greater risk
  • Ethnic disparities and inequality in the UK: call for evidence - from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities with health as one of its four main areas of focus
  • Updating ethnic contrasts in deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19), England and Wales - latest data from the ONS on infections and fatalities
  • the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities - established to review inequalities in areas including health, employment and education, and due to report by the end of the year
  • the NHS Race and Health Observatory - which will work to identify and tackle the health challenges facing people with ethnic minority backgrounds
  • NIHR establishes a Race Equality Public Action Group - focused on public partnership to strengthen understanding of, and advise on, race inequality in health and social care research
  • Inquiry into racial inequality in health and social care workplaces - the EHRC to seeking to understand structural racial inequality exposed by the pandemic and improve outcomes in all sectors

The discussion in detail:

The impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority communities, and the health and social care response

  • the Government response to the pandemic - including the position of ethnic minority groups on the priority list for vaccines
  • Mitigation of risks of COVID-19 in occupational settings with a focus on ethnic minority groups - assessing the  recent recommendations from PHE, the FOM and HSE
  • priorities for the NHS Race and Health Observatory - and assessing findings from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities
  • new approaches and initiatives - the health and social care response to the impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority communities, and what can be learned to scale up best practice
  • use of data - to improve understanding of ethnic minority inequalities experienced during the pandemic, as well as how to build up and improve health data by ethnicity
  • Independent Sage recommendations - on risk assessments, mitigation strategies, support for migrants including safeguards over sharing their data, strategy co-production with affected groups, tackling health and employment inequalities, and for all NHS trusts to conduct reviews on racial discrimination
  • how to ensure that COVID-19 recovery strategies can secure long-term change - and address the underlying factors behind wider health inequalities experienced by ethnic minority communities

Tackling wider health inequalities experienced by the ethnic minority community

  • priorities for research - improving understanding of the social determinants of health in ethnic minority groups, including the impact of historic racism, and racial bias in data collection and planning
  • mitigating risk and improving outcomes - including inclusion of people from ethnic minority backgrounds in clinical trials, and targeted public health messaging
  • tackling racial discrimination within health and social care services - and improving the working lives of ethnic minority healthcare staff
  • addressing underlying factors - including housing and employment

Leadership and tackling ethnic minority inequalities in health workforce

  • providing effective leadership - tackling racial inequality in the workforce, including issues highlighted by the experience of COVID-19, as well as wider disparities
  • implementation of the NHS People Plan - focussing on support for the minority ethnic health workforce
  • progress in the Workforce Race Equality Standard and ensuring fair treatment and equal opportunities for staff from ethnic minority backgrounds

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from DHSC; the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency; the Cabinet Office; DWP; BEIS; the Department for Education; the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; the Government Legal Department; HM Revenue and Customs; the National Audit Office; the Office of Statistics Regulation; the Prison and Probation Service; the Crown Prosecution Service; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.

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

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording 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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates