In summer 2020, the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) undertook the first formal Race, Equality and Inclusivity review, led by QNI Fellow and Trustee Professor Ami David MBE.

The results of the Review were presented to the QNI’s Council in September 2020, and in response the charity has now developed a full Race, Equality and Inclusivity Action Plan for 2021.

The Action Plan focuses on and responds to each of the recommendations of the 2020 Review document, which were accepted in full by the QNI’s Council. The 13 recommendations are grouped into three organisational themes:

  1. QNI structure and culture
  2. QNI operational work
  3. QNI as an influencer.

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.

2020 brought a much needed and renewed spotlight on race inclusivity and equality in the world generally and specifically in healthcare. 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.

Professor Ami David MBE

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.

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.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, QNI Chief Executive

The full Action Plan can be downloaded below.

For further background about the 2020 Review, please see: https://www.qni.org.uk/news-and-events/news/qni-to-carry-out-race-and-inclusivity-review/

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