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The NHS comes into contact with more than one million patients every 36 hours. Over the years since the NHS was created, this patient population has grown in diversity in the fullest sense of the word. However, despite the positive way in which the NHS is seen, some sections of the patient population – perhaps because of their age, gender or ethnicity – have a less positive experience, with inequalities in access, variation in health outcomes and care that is not tailored to their individual needs. And although the NHS is often held up as one of the most multi-cultural employers in England, the lack of diversity in its formal leadership structures is a barrier to the service achieving its full potential.

by Vijaya Nath

Vijaya Nath is Director of Leadership Development at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Click here to read the full article on the King’s Fund website

3rd Nov 2016

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