NHS: Black and Minority Ethnic Managers

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Boateng Lord Boateng Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many black and minority ethnic managers are employed in each of the three top grades of NHS England and on the Board at executive or non-executive level of NHS England.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

NHS England advises that it is currently undergoing a refresh of its equality and diversity data, which includes all grades. To this end, all its staff have been asked to update their information including, if they are willing to do so, self-classifying their ethnicity, in keeping with provisions of the Equality Act 2010. The completion rate of the refresh currently exceeds 80% and is scheduled to be concluded by 31 March 2014.

In line with Cabinet Office guidance we do not publish details about individuals' protected characteristics. Given the small numbers of Board members we could not disclose the results of our monitoring, or NHS England's monitoring, without infringing the rights of the individuals concerned. Our data is included in broader data on appointments by ethnic minority background, role, and body, which have been published by the Commissioner for Public Appointments in the Annual Survey of Ministerial Appointments and Reappointments to the Boards of Public Bodies Regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. This is available at:

http://publicappointmentscommissioner. independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/130624-Final-OCPA-Statistics-2012-13.pdf

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