Big increase in BAME leaders sought by 2025

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  • Local five-year action plans on leadership matching workforce or communities
  • New monitoring of use of services by deprivation and ethnicity
  • NHS England and NHS Improvement set out the ambitions in its phase three covid-19 response

Senior NHS leaders have been set a new target to ensure they will match the overall composition of their black, Asian and minority ethnic workforces or communities in five years’ time.

NHS England and NHS Improvement included the new requirement in its guidance for phase three of the response to the covid-19 pandemic, along with other actions on health inequalities.

It said: “Each NHS board [will need] to publish an action plan showing how, over the next five years, its board and senior staffing will, in percentage terms, at least match the overall BAME composition of its overall workforce or its local community. Whichever is the higher.”

Previously, NHSE/I had said the NHS’ senior leadership should representative of overall BAME workforce by 2028. The new requirement brings this forward to 2025.


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Source: HSJ


Date: 4 August 2020