1. Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard

NHS England published its first annual Medical WRES report this week. The Medical WRES programme was launched in September 2020 and publishes national and local scores against 11 separate indicators.

It will come as no surprise that the report finds that BME doctors face a worse experience at work when compared to white doctors. For example:

  • BME doctors were twice as likely to receive a complaint or be referred to the GMC by employers.
  • BME doctors had to apply for more posts before they were appointed to a consultant post.
  • Data showed 66% of BME doctors were being shortlisted compared to 80% of white doctors. Of those 57% of BME doctors were offered a post against 80% of their white colleagues.
  • Across the board BME doctors were almost twice as likely as white doctors to have personally experienced discrimination at work from a manager, team leader or other colleague.
  • BME doctors were less likely to be revalidated and more likely to be deferred, at least once, as part of the revalidation process

Furthermore, these findings were typical right across the career path for BME doctors from medical school to consultant level. Even at consultant level BME doctors face greater levels of discrimination and harassment and feel less involved.

No surprises then!

  1. Government halts GP data sharing scheme indefinitely

You will recall a few weeks ago we informed you that the government had postponed the launch of its GP data sharing scheme until 1 September 2021. This week, the government informed GPs that the scheme, to significantly increase patient data collection by NHS Digital, will be delayed further and will only go live when the following 4 conditions are met notably:

  • That data already collected prior to a patient opting out will be deleted
  • All opt out requests being cleared in the first instance, given there is an existing backlog
  • Creation of a trusted research environment which will only be accessed by NHSD approved users
  • Increased patient awareness of the scheme.

This outcome has been largely achieved by campaigners both inside and outside of the NHS raising concerns about privacy and lack of communication with patients.

Now time for you to decide are you in or out?

  1. Report by National Voices -Unlocking the Digital Front Door

This interesting report by National Voices explores how the pandemic inspired the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) to adopt innovative ways to deliver healthcare and support to local communities as a result of the move to remote service models.

The report gives examples of how the VCSE sector all over the country introduced new ways of working to meet the needs of their local communities and how this in turn led to the creation of new partnerships between healthcare organisations and VCSE organisations. As a result, the authors have developed 5 recommendations for inclusive innovation going forward notably:

  • Make inclusion the core principle
  • Co-design with people
  • Offer supported choice and personalization
  • Support staff to innovate
  • Know that health is wider than healthcare.

A worthwhile read!




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