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‘We’re beating the BME bias’

When Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust discovered BME candidates for senior nursing posts had a much lower chance of being appointed than white candidates, it introduced changes to raise awareness of the unconscious causes of bias.

Three years ago, the board at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust read an update on the recruitment chances of black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates compared with white candidates.

People agree how shocking the figures are, but then forget

– Lorraine Cameron

‘The figures were shocking,’ says the trust’s head of equality and diversity Lorraine Cameron. Evidence she had gathered showed that shortlisted BME candidates at bands 8 and 9 had a one in 17 chance of being appointed – in contrast to one in four for their white counterparts.

The findings were the catalyst for a major workforce initiative on race equality at the trust. With a staff of around 5,500, the trust provides acute, community inpatient and children’s health services to more than 500,000 residents in Bradford and its surroundings. Almost one third of the population live in areas listed

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