The NHS 10-year plan states that “the NHS draws on a remarkably rich diversity of people to provide care to our patients. But we fall short in valuing their contributions and ensuring fair treatment and respect.”
20% of the NHS workforce is BME and 77% are women. We all use technology daily to care for patients, and this has become even more crucial during the Covid19 crisis. However, there are less than 10 women of colour in senior digital leadership roles across 233 trusts. We are helping the NHS develop a leadership pipeline that more closely reflects our workforce – something Simon Stevens has also pledged to do.
We now have over 500 members from all backgrounds including underrepresented groups in digital leadership such as nurses and AHPs. NHSX and NHSE have sought our advice on recruitment in order to improve equality. We provide BAME women with a voice and a platform to progress into leadership roles.