Equality and Diversity

Resources to Support Equality and Diversity in Healthcare

NHS England is committed to ‘high quality care for all, now and for future generations.’ We know from evidence that we cannot be successful in achieving this vision without advancing equality and tackling health inequalities. (NHSE, 2016).

Supporting equality, diversity and inclusion, in our workforces and for our patients, is a vitally important objective for the NHS. Our libraries have been working with healthcare staff across Leeds to support these objectives by providing good quality information resources to help staff to learn more about the impact of inequalities and discrimination. Some of these resources are linked here. Please get in touch if you need further help with finding information on any of these topics, or other aspects of equality and diversity in healthcare.

Equality and diversity in the NHS

NHS England: Equality, diversity and health inequalities

The Equality and Health Inequalities Hub
The Hub is designed to provide support and assistance to the NHS, and beyond, in promoting equality and tackling health inequalities for all patients, communities and the NHS workforce. It brings together equality and health inequalities resources and provides useful links and information for the sharing of good practice.

King's Fund
King's Fund have produced a wide range of high quality work on discrimination and issues of equality and diversity within the health and care workforce.

Racial Inequalities

Workforce race inequalities and inclusion in NHS providers (Kings Fund, 2020)
Addressing race inequalities in the NHS workforce is critical on multiple levels. Experiences of discrimination can cast a long shadow on ethnic minority NHS staff; the impact on people can be profound. There are also wider implications for the health service: evidence shows that fair treatment of staff is linked to a better experience of care for patients. Moreover, the NHS is in the midst of a workforce crisis and improving its performance on diversity and inclusion will play an important role in the NHS becoming a better place to work and build a career.

The snowy white peaks of the NHS: a survey of discrimination in governance and leadership and the potential impact on patient care in London and England (Kline, 2014)
An important report considering the extent of the gap between the diversity apparent in the workforce and the local population, and that visible among Trust leaderships and senior management.

BMJ Special Issue 'Racism in Medicine', 2020
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Five X More
Black Women are four times more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth and we need to know why. According to the MBRRACE UK, 2020 report (a report that looks into maternal deaths), Black women in the UK have a four fold higher risk of dying in pregnancy in comparison to a white woman. Historically, this number was five times more (MBRRACE 2018 & 2019), hence where the name of this campaign started.

Current Awareness Bulletins, produced for LTHT BME Staff Network
LTH library staff have recently been compiling a regualr bulletin for the network, covering a wide range of new publications related to racial discrimination in healthcare, based on the Equality and Diversity bulletins produced by MSE libraries. These back issues of the bulletin link to important research, news articles and podcasts on these topics published in the last few months. 

LGBT+ Inclusion

Stonewall UK
Includes many links to information and support for LGBT communities and their allies. 

LGBT Foundation - Home
LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

LGBT Health-NHS England 
The evidence that LGBT people have disproportionately worse health outcomes and experiences of healthcare is both compelling and consistent. With almost every measure we look at LGBT communities fare worse than others. This is unacceptable, and we need to increase our efforts to address these health inequalities.

NHS England Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) staff network

Rainbow SIG | Royal College of Psychiatrists
The LGBT special interest group of RCPsych

Further Reading - Books to Support Equality and Diversity Work

These links take you to lists within our library catalogue. Here you can find details of the books on these topics which are available across the Pan-Leeds collaboration libraries. For more details on how to borrow these books, please get in touch with your local library. 

Equality and diversity at work

Race and healthcare

Racism in society

Culturally competent care

LGBT+ Inclusion

LTHT BME Network collection, funded by Leeds Hospitals Charity 
These books have been purchased in collaboration with LTHT BME staff network, with funding kindly provided by Leeds Hospitals Charity. Find out more about the need for and purpose of this collection, in this interview with Ester Jamera, co-chair of the BME network, and Corporate Support Librarian Beth Tapster.