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Policy briefing

Resource update: toolkit tackling racism in the NHS

Trade union Unite has created a new toolkit to combat racism in the NHS.
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Trade union Unite has issued a policy briefing on a new toolkit to combat racism in the NHS.

Unite developed the toolkit to help nurses and other staff tackle racial discrimination in health, with black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses often treated unequally compared with their white colleagues.

Promotion prospects for the 250,000 BME workers in the 1.4 million-strong NHS workforce are often hampered by racism, according to the union.

Called Race Ahead in Health, the toolkit sets out steps to:

  • Tackle the pay gap for BME nurses.
  • Reduce bias during selection and recruitment processes.
  • Gain equal access to continuing professional development.
  • Deal with racial harassment and bullying.

The toolkit also covers fairness for BME women working in health who can face double discrimination due

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