NHS Providers on BAME risk assessments

25 June 2020

Responding to the survey findings from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the UK Black Pharmacists Association (UKBPA), the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, said:

"Ensuring the safety of staff is an absolute priority for trust leaders. This is a particular concern for those who are at increased risk, so it is worrying that a lot of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff have not yet had risk assessments.

"Trusts are making progress, but this has varied from place to place and much more needs to be done.

"It is important to ensure that the approach to risk assessments, and steps to mitigate the risks, are developed in close consultation with BAME staff.   

"It has been good to see more government engagement and clearer national guidance on these issues in the last few weeks, but clearly there is a long way to go.  

"We look forward to working with trusts and NHS England and NHS Improvement as they publish further guidance for all NHS organisations on monitoring how risk assessments are completed today."

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