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Addressing race inequalities in the NHS workforce The historical issues of institutional racism in the NHS have been brought sharply into focus by the Covid-19 pandemic and the recharged Black Lives Matter movement. Shilpa Ross outlines findings from our research into inequalities in the NHS and for action and allyship from white colleagues. Blog Addressing race inequalities in the NHS needs engagement, commitment and a plan As the Fund prepares to publish its report on workforce race inequalities and inclusion, Richard Murray reflects on the work ahead for organisations tackling deep-rooted, long-standing inequalities. Blog Shielded voices: hearing from those most in need Charlotte Augst, Chief Executive of National Voices, and Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, make the case for including communities using services in the Covid-19 response. Blog Tough challenges but new possibilities: shaping the post Covid-19 world with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector Lisa Weaks explores the challenges facing the VCSE sector and the importance of harnessing its expertise, workforce and reach in the Covid-19 response. Blog Tackling the Covid-19 outbreak in care homes: messages from a geriatrician and a health service researcher about how the NHS can help Covid-19 demands that there is closer working between care homes and the NHS to support residents to be safe and well. Researchers Adam Gordon and Claire Goodman reflect on the messages they are hearing from care home staff about what support is needed. Blog Ethnic minority deaths and Covid-19: what are we to do? Michael West and Suzie Bailey consider the disproportionate toll Covid-19 is taking on health and care staff from ethnic minority backgrounds and what it requires from us all to address this. Blog ‘Our NHS people matter’ – five years of the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) As the fifth annual Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) data report is published, Yvonne Coghill, Director of the WRES Implementation Team at NHS England, looks at race equality progress over time. Blog Diversity in the medical workforce: are we making progress? Despite improvements in gender and ethnic diversity in the NHS workforce, progress has been slow for increasing the social diversity of medical staff. Abigail Heller looks at the reasons why and highlights steps being taken to make the profession more accessible. Blog ’We’re here and you’re there’: lived experiences of ethnic minority staff in the NHS Shilpa Ross explores some common experiences from our research into what it means to be an ethnic minority member of staff in the NHS. Blog An outsider’s reflections on NHS primary care reform New Zealander Martin Hefford reflects on his time in the UK and ponders the questions about primary care reform that arose from his conversations with those working in primary care, secondary care and the third sector. Blog Politicians should avoid the temptation of another NHS top-down re-organisation Following today’s Queen’s Speech and an election looming, Richard Murray warns that a major re-organisation of the NHS risks damaging a service that is already under strain. Blog Cancer or dementia: the social care system is unfair to people with either condition The often-made contrast between ‘free’ support for cancer and ‘means-tested’ support for dementia is not entirely accurate, says Simon Bottery. Blog Going Dutch in West Suffolk: learning from the Buurtzorg model of care What would holistic health and social care delivered by a non-hierarchical team look like in England? Jo Maybin makes some observations about work under way in West Suffolk. Blog Crunch time for local system plans: five things to look out for Anna Charles considers what we might learn from the local system plans currently being developed by sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems. Blog Five tips for successfully leading a primary care network Clinical leaders of primary care networks face both challenges and opportunities to bring people together to drive real change. Beccy Baird and Tricia Boyle suggest five ways to help successfully lead a primary care network. Blog Inclusive leadership: how ready are we to learn? Tracie Jolliff, Director of Inclusion at the NHS Leadership Academy, explains how inclusive leadership and cultures require personal dedication to change, as well as support and oversight at an organisational level. Blog Can less be more? The new approach to social care in South Tyneside Simon Bottery considers joined-up health and social care in South Tyneside, with social workers joining ‘huddles’ on wards and using a ‘strength-based’ approach in discharge planning Blog Meaningful measures of integration As the health and care system takes steps towards joining up care, what will successful integration look like, and how will it be measured? Dan Wellings considers why new measures are needed and the challenges for ensuring meaningful data is collected. Blog Primary care networks and community health services: further, faster! As primary care services come together under the new primary care networks, Richard Murray reviews progress to date and what’s next for general practice, from integration and workforce to technology and the estate. Blog Capable of leading for diversity? In this final blog in our series on diversity and inclusion at The King’s Fund, Sue Hills shares her experience of leading this work and considers some of the complexities involved. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.