Racism; prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism by an individual, community, or institution against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.
Access to healthcare is a global human right, but racism is also a global issue. On a daily basis health and social care staff are at the receiving end of racist abuse from patients, clients and even their colleagues. Similarly, those accessing health care or social care support can be discriminated against due to the racist attitudes of the staff that are supposed to help them.
This project, funded by Health Education England, has been created with the purpose of helping health and social care staff tackle racism in their workplaces. Whether you’re a Black or Asian staff member looking for support, or a white colleague who wants to know how to be an ally, we have collated resources to assist in ending racism and racist incidents in health and social care settings.
We have aimed to gather resources that look beyond the UK and the NHS. We want this project to be helpful to all health and social care staff, including those who may be working with marginalised groups in very different settings that are beyond the British Isles.
These resources have been specially selected and created to support different health and social care disciplines. Racism doesn’t just affect doctors and nurses in emergency situations. It also involves allied health professionals, such as occupational therapists or speech and language therapists, professional services and administration staff, and researchers.
The next stage of our project is “Talk to transform”. We will be utilising the lived experiences of healthcare professionals to bring to life racism in a range of settings. Through these experiences you will understand the impact that racism has on individuals, and how to tackle it when you witness it in person.
"I want a better understanding of the research and findings around racism in health organisations and ways other organisations have made a positive difference."