Ethnic diversity in healthtech: Actions to do more

On 6 July, techUK hosted a webinar exploring race, inequalities, and inclusion across healthtech, healthcare and the NHS.

"Any diversity we see in healthtech is despite the system not because of it." Hassan Chaudhury, Department of International Trade

The panel explored key issues including the need for diverse senior leadership teams and boards for improved health outcomes and looked at how effective measures have been to push leaders to engage, champion and support underrepresented groups.

The discussion identified what steps should be taken to tackle existing biases and how we can do more to include and elevate the voices of those from ethnic minority backgrounds. Visible leadership helps build an inclusive culture—decision-making that is diverse needs to come from the top to be most impactful.

Hearing from a range of experiences, the group didn’t shy away from speaking about the bullying and harassment that exists in the industry toward BAME people and looked at ways to create a safe space. Having open forums and giving people the opportunity to speak about their experiences is key to combatting the silence from people who don’t want to or don’t feel like they can speak up. People-powered groups are another way of listening, hearing and engaging people in their own words and in the context that suits them.

The group also highlighted key diversity initiatives such as One HealthTech and the creation of The Shuri Network.

The panel included:

You can watch the full webinar below:

Nimmi Patel

Nimmi Patel

Policy Manager, Skills, Talent and Diversity, techUK

Nimmi Patel is the Policy Manager for Skills, Talent and Diversity at techUK.

She works on all things skills policy, focusing on upskilling and retrain. She is committed to embedding diversity in the UK tech pipeline from classroom to boardroom working with partners such as the Tech Talent Charter and the WISE Campaign. Nimmi also leads techUK’s immigration work, collaborating with techUK members and stakeholders to create an environment that attracts the best talent to the UK.

Prior to joining the team, she worked for the UK Labour Party and New Zealand Labour Party and holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Manchester and is currently studying MA Strategic Communications at King’s College London.

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Leontina Postelnicu

Leontina Postelnicu

Programme Manager, Health and Social Care, techUK

Leontina joined techUK in March 2020, where she is supporting the organisation’s Health and Social Care programme. At the moment, she is completing an MSc in Health Policy at Imperial College London.

A former journalist, Leontina previously worked for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as an associate editor for its International and Media divisions. There, she covered the EMEA region for Healthcare IT News, MobiHealthNews and HIMSS TV, with a focus on policy and innovation, and contributed to the Women in Health IT newsletter and HIMSS Insights eBook.

Outside of work, she enjoys reading, dancing, travelling and visiting her family in Romania, where she hails from.

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