HSJ Exclusive: Quarter of BAME staff have not had a covid risk assessment

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  • 73 per cent of BAME staff have had a risk assessment completed, latest data suggests
  • Huge variation between organisations, with some trusts having completed the assessments for less than 20 per cent of BAME staff
  • Some in South West region thought to have made relatively poor progress

More than a quarter of black, Asian and minority ethnic NHS staff have not yet had a risk assessment in relation to their exposure to coronavirus, according to the latest data collection by national NHS leaders.

HSJ understands that national figures obtained from the first “window” of data collections, between 9 and 17 July, showed 73 per cent of BAME workers had completed a risk assessment so far.

There is understood to be huge variation between organisations, with some trusts having completed the assessments for all their BAME staff, and others having done so for less than 20 per cent. The South West is thought to have made particularly poor progress, reporting an average of 65 per cent.

NHS England recommended risk assessments for BAME staff as long ago as April, then local leaders were told last month to complete them for all at-risk staff within the next month, with the cut-off date suggested as 22 July. However, in a now-deleted post on Twitter last week, NHS England’s chief people officer Prerana Issar appeared to suggest the deadline was now 31 July.

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Source: HSJ