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  1. Content Article
    Further reading MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report UK Perinatal Deaths for Births from January to December 2019 National Maternity and Perinatal Audit lay summaries (2021)
  2. News Article
    Efforts to end health inequalities should be ‘in the mix’ of metrics used to determine the NHS’ progress against key performance targets, say race inequality experts. In an exclusive interview with HSJ, NHS Race and Health Observatory (RHO) director Habib Naqvi said organisations’ performance on the issue should be scrutinised by an external body to ensure they are held accountable and “not marking their own exam answer”. It comes as the RHO publishes a report that warns the appointment of health inequalities leads across the NHS risks becoming “tokenistic” if they are not adequately
  3. Content Article
    The report makes five recommendations: Create an induction offer for named Health Inequality leads, including role guides and examples of actions to be taken. Use national and local action learning sets, which are already in place in some areas, for named Health Inequality leads. Create a repository of high-quality evidence, knowledge resources, methods and regularly updated case studies that reflect the progress that’s being made. Commit to a long-term policy focus and a cross-government strategy that places addressing inequalities at the heart of system development.
  4. News Article
    The British Red Cross have found that that 367,000 people, which equates to around one percent of the population in England attend A&E up to 346 times a year. These figures accounted for nearly one in three ambulance call outs and over one in six A&E visits. The research analysis found that a fifth of those repeatedly attending A&E lived alone and also often lived in deprived areas of the country. Frequent users also accounted for 29% of all ambulance call outs and 16% of non-minor-injury A&E visits. The data also revealed that people in their twenties were
  5. News Article
    A groundbreaking inquiry into sickle cell disease has found “serious care failings” in acute services and evidence of attitudes underpinned by racism. The report by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia, led by Pat McFadden MP, found evidence of sub-standard care for sickle cell patients admitted to general wards or attending A&E departments. The inquiry also found widespread lack of adherence to national care standards, low awareness of sickle cell among healthcare professionals and clear examples of inadequate training and insufficient investm
  6. Content Article
    Health literacy universal precautions are the steps that practices take when they assume that all patients may have difficulty comprehending health information and accessing health services. This toolkit provides evidence-based guidance to adult and paediatric practices to ensure that systems are in place to promote better understanding by all patients. It contains: 21 Tools (3-5 pages each) that address improving spoken communication, written communication, self-management and empowerment and supportive systems. Appendices (such as sample forms, PowerPoint presentations and
  7. Content Article
    November is Men’s Health Awareness month.[1] The theme this year is men’s mental health, highlighting the high suicide rate among men. However, there remains the wider theme of men being reluctant to go to their GP when they have a health problem, which can lead to a delay in diagnosis and treatment. There are many reasons that men are reluctant to seek help, in particular for their mental health, and why the suicide rate among men is so high. There are initiatives that exist to encourage men to seek help and to break down some of the existing societal expectations; however, there is still mor
  8. News Article
    An independent body set up by the NHS to tackle health inequalities has formally committed to never use blanket acronyms such as “BAME” after feedback that they are not representative. The NHS Race and Health Observatory launched a four-week consultation with the public in July on how best to collectively refer to people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. The Observatory said it has become the norm in public policy to use initialisms to refer to a “hugely diverse” group of people, but that renewed scrutiny has been spurred on by the Black Lives Matter movement. It sai
  9. Event
    This webinar will feature two presentations on: Lancet article - Adverse pregnancy outcomes attributable to socioeconomic and ethnic inequalities in England: a national cohort study NMPA report - Ethnic and socio-economic inequalities in NHS maternity and perinatal care for women and their babies There will be a Q&A guest panel featuring: Professor Eddie Morris Clo and Tinuke, Five X more Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP Professor Jacqui Dunkley-Bent Professor Marian Knight Professor Asma Khalil Join the webinar on Microsoft Teams
  10. News Article
    Plans to scrap tens of millions of “unnecessary” hospital follow-up appointments could put patients at risk and add to the overload at GP surgeries, NHS leaders and doctors are warning. Health service leaders in England are finalising a radical plan under which hospital consultants will undertake far fewer outpatient appointments and instead perform more surgery to help cut the NHS backlog and long waits for care that many patients experience. The move is contained in the “elective recovery plan” which Sajid Javid, the health secretary, will unveil next week. It will contain what one
  11. Content Article
    In the video, three women tell their stories of poor care experiences in labour and after birth. They talk about racial discrimination, procedures that were done to them without their consent, and not being listened to when they knew they needed help. They highlight the importance of complaints in helping services improve. Suggested reading Birthrights Factsheet
  12. Content Article
    Training gaps which already existed due to chronic underfunding and staff shortages have become worse due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and this report makes recommendations to improve local and national training at a critical time for maternity. Mind the Gap 2021 identifies and makes recommendations for workforce training in five priority areas: There needs to be a significant increase in funding to allow professionals to develop and maintain skills and to retain staff within maternity. This funding needs to properly support the expansion of the maternity workforce, attendance and ba
  13. Content Article
    The report makes the following recommendations: Putting in place more dedicated ‘High Intensity Use’ services across the country. Integrated Care Systems should develop strategies for addressing high intensity use across their areas, ensuring that there is adequate provision to meet need across acute settings, with a particular focus on areas of deprivation. Improving access to community-based support, to prevent people reaching crisis point. Investment is needed in VCSE provision linked to social prescribing and other key services, such as community mental health. Training and s
  14. Content Article
    Resources and guides for healthcare professionals and policy-makers Refugee Council’s policy note on health barriers - outlines the main issues refugees and people seeking asylum experience when they access health services. Therapeutic IAHC Communication Card - a double-sided card with useful vocabulary and phrases with translations. It can be used to speed up and clarify communication about health problems with healthcare professionals, people who work in supporting organisations and members of the public. It has been translated into five languages: Albanian, Arabic, Dari, Farsi,
  15. News Article
    The system for assessing who should be asked to pay for NHS services “incentivises racial profiling”, an investigation has found. A study by the Institute for Public Policy Research found that overstretched NHS staff sometimes racially profile patients in order to determine who is not “ordinarily resident” in the UK, and therefore must pay for their care. The report is critical of the more stringent charging regime introduced by NHS England over the past decade as part of a series of measures devised to create a hostile environment for people living in the UK without the correct immi
  16. News Article
    A review into whether medical devices are equally effective regardless of the patient's ethnicity has been ordered by Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Research suggests oximeters, which are clipped to a person's finger, can overstate the level of oxygen in the blood of people from ethnic minorities. Ministers want to know whether bias could have prevented patients receiving appropriate Covid treatment. Mr Javid said any bias was "totally unacceptable". But the doctors' union the British Medical Association (BMA) said the review should not simply look at equipment, but also "st
  17. News Article
    The increased risk of black and minority ethnic women dying during pregnancy needs to be seen as a whole system problem and not limited to just maternity departments, according to experts on an exclusive panel hosted by The Independent. Professor Marian Knight, from Oxford University told the virtual event on Wednesday night that the health service needed to change its approach to caring for ethnic minority women in a wider context. Campaigners Tinuke Awe and Clotilde Rebecca Abe, from the Fivexmore campaign, called for changes to the way midwives were trained and demanded it was tim
  18. Content Article
    Digital tools are a way to empower people and transform the way they receive and engage with health care services. In this way, digital tools contribute to the NHS long term plan commitment to a more concerted and systematic approach to reducing health inequalities and addressing unwarranted variation in care. 'Disruptive innovation' refers to technologies which address an unmet clinical need for the NHS, or which significantly improve current treatment options, and which are likely to be disruptive to current service delivery or lead to a step change in established care pathways in the UK.
  19. Content Article
    Each lay summary outlines the purpose of the audit, explains key findings and why they are useful, and highlights gaps in the data. Lay summary: NHS Maternity Care for women with a Body Mass Index of 30 kg/m2 or above Lay summary: Ethnic and socio-economic inequalities in NHS maternity and perinatal care for women and their babies Lay summary: Evaluating perinatal mental health services
  20. Content Article
    The survey is aimed at: Health Inequalities professionals working in the NHS Clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals with a particular interest in reducing health inequalities Organisations that support or have an expert understanding of the communities at particular risk of health inequalities including ethnic minorities, coastal and rural communities, people living in areas of high deprivation, plus inclusion health groups (e.g. homeless and rough sleepers, sex workers, Gypsy and Roma travelling communities), people living with autism, a learning disability or
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