Diversity and inclusion research
Providing equitable and accessible care and support for people from Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds with a terminal illness is a key challenge for policy-makers, service planners, commissioners and care providers.
As part of our commitment to meet this challenge, we were involved, with Public Health England and Kings College London, in a major intelligence gathering project on how to better cater to the needs of the BAME population. This research informs a 2013 report - Palliative and end of life care for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups in the UK. It provides an evidence-base to understand the profile of BAME populations living in the UK and identifies their unmet needs regarding care for terminally ill people.
"Next steps" report
In January 2014, we produced a "Next steps" report to follow up on this research. Launched at a Parliamentary event on 15 January 2014, it includes detailed recommendations for how health and social care commissioners and providers should incorporate the needs of people from BAME backgrounds in how they plan and deliver services. It also calls on NHS England to take a lead on this issue.