Ethnic diversity in healthtech: Actions to do more

The past few weeks have shone a light on the urgent need to take action to ensure that diversity and inclusion underpin all corners of our society, and there are only a few areas where this is more pressing than in the tech sector. Only in November last year, research from Inclusive Boards found that just 8.5% of senior leaders in the industry were Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), and nearly 75% of boards had no ethnic minority representation.

The healthtech space is no different - and it’s not just industry. Out of around 500 senior digital positions in the NHS in England, according to the Shuri Network, there were less than ten BAME women in CIO, CCIO or equivalent roles in 2019. That is despite over 75% of the NHS workforce being female and 20% identifying as BAME.

With issues surrounding the impact of race and ethnicity on patient health and the NHS workforce, highlighted by COVID-19, diversity & inclusion are essential to how we combat health inequalities.

Expert speakers include:

  • Patricia Hughes, Divisional Nurse Director, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and member of the Shuri Network
  • Shane Tickell, Strategic Advisor, IMS Maxims, and Vice Chair of the techUK Health and Social Care Council
  • Wendy Marshall, Director for New Business, Cerner UK
  • Kay Ollivierre, Patient, Public and Professional Involvement Lead, Imperial College Health Partners
  • Hassan Chaudhury, Digital Health Lead at Healthcare UK, Department of International Trade
  • Nimmi Patel, Policy Manager for Skills, Talent & Diversity, techUK (Moderator)

Join this webinar to feed into a discussion on how the industry and the NHS can work together to: 

  • Ensure that diversity and inclusion sit at the heart of the NHS’ digital transformation ambitions
  • Push leaders to engage, champion and support underrepresented groups
  • Identify what steps should be taken in order to tackle existing bias
  • Build inclusive products that truly reflect the needs of the population targeted.

This webinar is open to all. If you are unable to register, please contact Zoe Brockbank. Joining details for this online event will be sent separately to your booking confirmation.

  • Leontina Postelnicu

    Leontina Postelnicu

    Programme Manager | Health and Social Care
  • Nimmi Patel

    Nimmi Patel

    Policy Manager | Skills, Talent and Diversity
    T 020 7331 2014

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