To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 10 February (HL Deb, col 406), when the strategy on the career progression of black and minority ethnic nurses will be completed; and whether it will be published.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of institutional racism in the wider representation of black and minority ethnic nurses amongst executive directors of nursing in the National Health Service.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the membership of the Chief Nursing Officers Black and Minority Ethnic Advisory Group; how many times it met in 2011, 2012 and 2013; and whether its reports are circulated to (1) ministers, and (2) NHS England Board Members.
The Chair of the Chief Nursing Officers (CNO) Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Advisory Group has set up a BME Leadership Strategy Group to develop a BME Leadership Strategy. It plans to publish and implement the strategy later this year. The strategy has a strong focus on support and development for BME staff with the aim to improve services and workplaces that are equitable where everyone feels that they count.
Workforce diversity across all occupations and grades in the National Health Service is a priority. This is not about quotas but it is fundamentally about bringing the best resources to leadership, culture, innovation, ethics and behaviour, thus creating a workforce that has shared values represented by a wide range of perspectives.
To help the NHS perform well on equality, and build on its considerable achievements, the NHS Equality and Diversity Council, working with the NHS, designed an Equality Delivery System for the NHS which was formally launched in November 2011. Following an evaluation, a refresh of the Equality Delivery System for the NHS, known as “EDS2” was published in November 2013.
The EDS2 toolkit is designed to support NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for all patients and communities. It does so by asking NHS organisations to monitor their equality performance jointly with their patients, communities and staff, in regard to each of the nine characteristics given protection under the Equality Act 2010, including race (ethnic or national origins).
The CNO BME Advisory Group consists of 25 core members and 65 affiliated members representing Senior Nurses and Midwives in the NHS and independent organisations, and educationalists. The Group meets bi-monthly (6 times a year) and has done since its establishment in 2001. The CNO attends some of the meetings herself and minutes of meetings are sent to the CNO; they are not sent to Ministers. Key outcomes and actions are fed back to the NHS Equality and Diversity Council meetings, the Nurse Leadership Programme Board and internal Executive meetings.