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QNI publishes Race, Equality and Inclusivity Action Plan

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The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has produced an action plan following its first formal Race, Equality and Inclusivity review.

The review, led by QNI Fellow and Trustee Professor Ami David MBE, was presented to the QNI’s Council in September 2020, and in response the charity has now developed a full Action Plan for 2021. The 13 recommendations are grouped into three organisational themes: structure and culture; operational work; and the role of the charity as an influencer.

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‘2020 brought a much needed and renewed spotlight on race inclusivity and equality in the world generally and specifically in healthcare,’ said Professor David.

‘The QNI has taken the opportunity to lead the way for nursing in reviewing its own practices and ways of working. I consider it a privilege to have led this timely review and delighted to note and endorse the positive steps outlined in the Action Plan.’

The plan contains specific and measurable targets, including that 10% of new Queen’s Nurses who receive the title this year are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. An Equality Impact Assessment will be applied to all new and existing QNI policies during 2021, and a further review will be undertaken this year and the Action Plan updated for 2022.

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‘We embrace a culture of inclusion and are fully committed to promoting and achieving diversity and equity in all of our professional networks and in our interactions as a charity, both internally and externally. Championing diversity is an issue that matters deeply to us and as a team we are dedicated to living these organisational values and challenging prejudice and racism,’ said Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the QNI.

‘It is of huge importance that all QNI programmes reflect the diversity of the nursing workforce in the UK, in the interests of social justice, the principle of equality of access, and to enable us to fulfil our goals and mission as a charity. This is an ongoing process and we look forward to working with nurses and partner organisations to achieve the ambitions in the Action Plan.’The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has produced an action plan following its first formal Race, Equality and Inclusivity review.

The review, led by QNI Fellow and Trustee Professor Ami David MBE, was presented to the QNI’s Council in September 2020, and in response the charity has now developed a full Action Plan for 2021. The 13 recommendations are grouped into three organisational themes: structure and culture; operational work; and the role of the charity as an influencer.

‘2020 brought a much needed and renewed spotlight on race inclusivity and equality in the world generally and specifically in healthcare,’ said Professor David.

‘The QNI has taken the opportunity to lead the way for nursing in reviewing its own practices and ways of working. I consider it a privilege to have led this timely review and delighted to note and endorse the positive steps outlined in the Action Plan.’

The plan contains specific and measurable targets, including that 10% of new Queen’s Nurses who receive the title this year are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. An Equality Impact Assessment will be applied to all new and existing QNI policies during 2021, and a further review will be undertaken this year and the Action Plan updated for 2022.

‘We embrace a culture of inclusion and are fully committed to promoting and achieving diversity and equity in all of our professional networks and in our interactions as a charity, both internally and externally. Championing diversity is an issue that matters deeply to us and as a team we are dedicated to living these organisational values and challenging prejudice and racism,’ said Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the QNI.

‘It is of huge importance that all QNI programmes reflect the diversity of the nursing workforce in the UK, in the interests of social justice, the principle of equality of access, and to enable us to fulfil our goals and mission as a charity. This is an ongoing process and we look forward to working with nurses and partner organisations to achieve the ambitions in the Action Plan.’

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