Inclusion and Diversity
Knowledge and Library Services Evidence Update
Part of the Barts Health Education Academy
Hello and welcome to the Barts Health Knowledge and Library Services’ End-of-Pride-Month Inclusion and Diversity update.

Published monthly, this update features a roundup the most recent key publications focusing on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

A big thank you to Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group and Whittington Health Trust for their bulletins, which have inspired and provided content for this one.

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News and Opinion

Guidance and Institutional Publications
Library COVID Update
New Online Board Games
New on our Website

Our Other Recent Updates

News and Opinion

From HSJ:
From The Guardian: UK health inequalities made worse by Covid crisis, study suggests
"Data from major studies shows disadvantaged groups have faced greatest disruption to medical care..."
Blog from The Mental Elf:
The COVID-19 pandemic is harming our mental health, and it's affecting some more than others.
"In his debut blog, Christian Dalton-Locke reviews a recent longitudinal (online survey) study, which looks at mental health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research finds that women, young adults, those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, and people with pre-existing mental health problems were affected worse than others..."
From BMJ: [Letter] Structural racism hide and seek: only one of five official UK reports on health has found structural racism
"The UK, like most countries, does not have large scale, ongoing quantitative data collection on racism that can be linked to health status databases to test hypotheses, a long recognised but largely unresolved problem..."
From Harvard Business Review: Addressing Demographic Disparities in Clinical Trials
"Harvard Business School’s Kathy Giusti and Richard Hamermesh and communications consultant Mark Krasnow offer a framework to remedy the imbalance. It includes knowing what “representative” means for your disease when setting recruitment goals, tapping the patient registries maintained by foundations dedicated to specific diseases, and looking for participants not only through academic medical centers but also through health systems, community networks, and direct-to-patient efforts..."

Guidance and Institutional Publications

From The King's Fund:
From The NHS Confederation:
  • Trans allyship – a statement of support
    "The NHS Confederation Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network has published a statement on trans allyship and the growing concerns about the level of hostility that trans and non-binary staff and patients are now experiencing..."
  • Strengthening NHS board diversity
    "An independent taskforce asked to examine the diversity of health care leadership has said that NHS organisations can create a 'sustainable pipeline' of senior leaders that properly reflect the diversity of their staff and communities by refreshing their processes for appointing chairs and non-executive directors (NEDs). The report, based on the feedback of taskforce members including NHS chairs, NEDs and chief executives, found that while there are pockets of innovation, the current NHS appointment process for NEDs would benefit from a standard, more transparent procedure..."
  • Now is the time for health inequalities to be addressed
    "The NHS stars are aligning to address health inequalities, from the top of NHS England, to the doctors, patients and residents in communities, writes PCN clinical director Dr Neil Modha..."
From NHS Employers:
From Public Health England: COVID-19 Health Inequalities Monitoring in England Tool (CHIME)
"A national monitoring tool that will bring together data monitoring the direct impacts of COVID-19 on health inequalities... [with updated interactive dashboard]"
From The Institute of Health Equity: Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health Equity and Dignified Lives
"Includes bold and ambitious recommendations on how to reduce health inequities and build back fairer from the COVID-19 pandemic for future generations..."
From NHS Providers: Digital boards: tackling digital inclusion means designing services that meet all your users’ need
"The acceleration of digital ways of working during the pandemic has seen digital inclusion rise up the board agenda. Board leaders need a shared understanding of what digital inclusion means and clarity on their priorities for action. This briefing defines digital inclusion and highlights practical tips..."
From The Nuffield Trust: Ethnicity coding in English health service datasets
"The NHS is failing to record the ethnicities of an excessive and growing proportion of patients, obscuring the true picture of health inequalities in England, according to a new report by the Nuffield Trust. The report is supported by the NHS Race and Health Observatory..."
From Mind Tools: Neurodiversity at Work: Supporting Employees Across the Spectrum
"Discover how to help neurodivergent team members to flourish..."

From The Diversity in Dentistry Action Group (DDAG): Equality, diversity and inclusion within dentistry - a profession-wide commitment
"Sets out the group’s aims, plans, recommendations and over 20 suggested actions, and represents an unprecedented joint commitment by the stakeholder organisations to the key principles for change..."

From HM Government's Race Disparity Unit: Third quarterly report on progress to address Covid-19 health inequalities
"This is the third of four reports summarising work undertaken by the Minister for Equalities and government departments on Covid-19 disparities. It records progress on what has been done to address disparities in the risks and outcomes of Covid-19 for ethnic minority groups..."

Library COVID Update

All staff are now required to sign-in, and wash their hands with the gel provided, when entering our libraries.

St Bart’s Hospital Library has moved back to its original space in the department of diagnostic imaging, on the ground floor of the KGV Building. It will be staffed from 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday, and available to staff 24/7. The phone no. there is 020 3465 5467.

At Whipps Cross and Newham Hospitals we offer comfortable seats and computer access, with tea and coffee, from 10am-4pm. Please check local notices for details. Staff can continue to access our 24/7 knowledge hubs (computer rooms) on each site.

Our Library Hub at the Royal London continues to be available to staff 24/7.

Please see our new website and our Digital Library WeShare page for more information.

New Online Board Games

Knowledge and Library Services are now providing teams with access to online board games including The LGBT Game, designed to improve awareness of LGBT+ issues and lead to a more inclusive working environment.

Get in touch to book a session and we'll provide access and instructions for you and your team.


New on Our Website

Browse the resource collections within our COVID-19 pages; plus further services, resources, and NHS discounts have been added to our Wellbeing pages.

Our  Leadership and Management subject guide collects all our services and resources on the topic, and signposts to external help.

You can now search the entirety of our collection from the website homepage below via the Discovery search bar too...

Visit Green at Barts Health's new website, hosted and maintained by Knowledge and Library Services:


Our Other Recent Updates

Read our latest COVID-19 Update (published 29/6/21) here.
Read our latest Health Services Management Update (published 18/6/21) here.
Read our latest monthly Leadership Update (published 7/6/21) here.
Read our previous Inclusion and Diversity Update (published 28/5/21) here.
Read our latest monthly Delirium in ICU Evidence Alert (published 17/5/21) here.
Read our latest Staff Wellbeing Update (published 13/5/21) here.
Read our latest COVID-19 and TB Update (published 5/5/21) here.
Read our round-up of research published by Barts Health authors in the month of April 2021 (published 4/5/21) here.
Read our latest Safer Surgery Update (published 18/5/21) here.

Catch up with all our archived updates on our Digital Library Weshare page.

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