National Healthcare Conference

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Date: 23 June 2021
Venue: Virtual event via Zoom
Time: 09:00-16:00

The United Kingdom (UK) Government has recently announced that it demands improvements to how Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students perform, putting the spotlight on the Higher Education sector to look at factors involved and to make a genuine commitment to addressing identified gaps and the sustainability of the actions taken.


This conference will present a collaborative approach between the University West of England (UWE Bristol) and the two major NHS Trusts in Bristol, North Bristol Trust (NBT) and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW). This project aimed to contribute to a key aspect of improving educational outcomes for BAME students, in particular those studying nursing and other healthcare programmes.

The project focused on recognising and reducing unconscious bias within healthcare through a critical race lens and its contribution to discriminatory behaviours, that manifest in increased attrition and increased student attainment gaps. This was achieved through training and workshops, which allowed for deep reflective practice and discourse, as well as changes to the nursing and Allied Health Professions curriculum. In total, 20 workshops and training were delivered. NBT and UHBW have confirmed their clear support for this work, particularly as it offers an opportunity to a city-wide approach to improving diversity and inclusivity for students and staff in the NHS.


This conference will include guest speaker Professor Paul Olomolaiye, Pro Vice-Chancellor Equalities and Civic Engagement at UWE Bristol. And a keynote speech from Professor Kalwant Bhopal, Professor of Education and Social Justice, and Director of the Centre for Research on Race and Education at Birmingham University, as well as disseminating the findings of the project and next steps.

More information please refer to the agenda for the conference.

How to attend

Please register to book your space. Details on how to join this virtual event will be sent to you shortly.


UWE Bristol aims to ensure, as much as possible, that all our public events are fully accessible. We aim to provide a BSL interpreter and live captions on the day.


If you have any further requirements, please contact us at at your earlier convenience. Early notice of access requirements is much appreciated.

Please note: This event will be recorded and shared, subject to approval of the speakers and no technical difficulties with the recording.

Cost: Free
Contact: Alisha Airey and Dr. Maxine Pryce-Miller

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