Lord Nigel Crisp urges change as figures show only five of 195 nursing directors are from minority backgrounds
FORMER NHS chief executive Lord Nigel Crisp fears black and minority ethnic representation at nurse leadership level has worsened in the ten years since he published a ten-point race equality action plan.
A decade on from the launch of a race equality action plan to boost the career prospects of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses, fewer than ever are getting promoted, figures suggest.
Only five of the 195 NHS directors of nursing in England are black, amounting to just 2.6 per cent.
According to the Department of Health, there are 180 white nursing directors and ten have not stated their ethnicity.
Around a fifth of the nursing workforce is from a BME background.
Crisp, who has championed the issue, told the Nursing Standard there has been little increase in the number of BME nurse leaders since he published the action plan in 2004.
He said: “Potentially this issue seems to be worse than before so I want to raise the profile of this problem.
“If the NHS is going to serve people well we need to make the best of everyone and the talent of all NHS staff and I feel we are not getting the best out of BME staff.”
Source: The Voice Magazine: http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/ex-nhs-chief-wants-more-black-nurses-promoted
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