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Everyone stands to gain from diversity in leadership

To improve BME staff representation at senior level, the NHS must start by ensuring all staff feel part of the conversation, a recent conference heard.
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To improve BME staff representation at senior level, the NHS must start by ensuring all staff feel part of the conversation, a recent conference heard

A lack of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses in senior positions has long been an issue for the NHS.

BME staff make up more than a third of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registrants, according to the regulator's latest annual equality and diversity report, 2015-16 , yet their representation in leadership roles is significantly lower than this.

NHS Digital figures obtained exclusively by Nursing Standard last month highlight the scale of the challenge. Just 2.2% of nursing director jobs in England are filled by people who identify as of ‘black, Asian or mixed’ heritage – that’s just six individuals out of 261 chief nurse posts in England.

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