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Fasting in the month of Ramadan is obligatory on all adult Muslims.  Many patients and staff will be fasting or wanting to fast in Ramadan.  It helps if NHS frontline staff are aware of and respect this important religious obligation and how such beliefs may affect the different elements of care.

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Healthcare Commissioning – Race Equality

This paper draws on findings from the Evidence and Ethnicity in Commissioning (EEiC) project, together with practice experience and other research, to highlight obstacles and opportunities for healthcare commissioning to enhance access, experiences and outcomes for minority ethnic people. The aim of the paper is to describe typical elements of commissioning work and to point out a range of actions that clinical commissioners, commissioning managers and other stakeholders can and should take to improve healthcare commissioning for multi-ethnic populations, to view please click here.

The uncomfortable reality of prostate cancer in black African-Caribbean men [February 2013]

There is an uncomfortable reality in prostate cancer - black African-Caribbean men are 30 per cent more likely to die from prostate cancer than white men. Black men have a three-fold greater risk of prostate cancer than white men and are more likely to encounter prostate cancer at a younger age. 

The report highlights some of the barriers to treatment, with first generation black men less likely to proactively ask healthcare professional questions about their condition or treatment, and with myths and misinformation in the black community also potentially inhibiting understanding of cancer.

Mental Health Services for black and ethnic minority communities

The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health has published Guidance for Commissioners of Mental Health Services for people from black and minority ethnic communities. This guide describes what ‘good’ mental health services for people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities look like. This guide focuses on services for working age adults. However, it could also be interpreted for commissioning specialist mental health services, such as CAMHS, secure psychiatric care, and services for older adults.

Mental health of young African Caribbean men

The Centre for Mental Health has published Against the odds: evaluation of the Mind Birmingham Up My Street programme.  This document evaluates three Birmingham-based community projects that were commissioned to improve the resilience of young African Caribbean men in the city.  It provides in-depth look at the challenges facing young African Caribbean men and how their resilience can be enhanced in the face of these issues.

Dementia in the African Caribbean Community

The number of people with dementia of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) origin is expected to rise significantly – a seven fold increase over 40 years compared to a two fold increase in the number of people with dementia across the whole UK population in the same period. 

The following Implementation Plan called for Health Education England to commission a film for health and social care providers that focuses on the specific needs of the African Caribbean community within the care process.

‘Finding Patience’ has been developed with input from experts across the system* and follows Patience and her family as they recognise and come to terms with her dementia and ultimately seek help.

Explaining levels of wellbeing in BME populations in England (July 2014)

Self-reported wellbeing, i.e., feeling good and functioning well, varies between different ethnic groups in the UK. Even controlling for the social and economic factors known to influence wellbeing, there appears to be a residual, non-random difference – with people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities reporting lower levels of wellbeing than their White counterparts. This report describes the findings of a review conducted to investigate the issue of ethnic disparities in wellbeing and possible drivers for this.

NEED - the National Equality Evidence Database 

This website is designed to assist anyone working in the public, private or third sectors to carry out research on protected groups so as to produce effective evidence based strategies, policies, plans or activities; find qualitative or quantitative research to assess the potential impacts of changes; and share best practice widely to avoid 'reinventing the wheel'.

Guidance on wearing face veils in the workplace [3 October 2013]

There has been growing discussion on wearing the burqa and niqab by Muslim women. NHS organisations have a duty to determine appropriate dress for staff, depending on their role and the tasks they perform. A summary of the latest guidance, from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) including examples of current NHS trusts policies and practices are available on NHS Employers equality and diversity pages.