The UK Government has called on the Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health for help to improve diversity and inclusion.
The Department of Health and Social Care has today laid out its vision for the future of clinical research delivery across the nation.
As part of its promise, it has stated it will work closely with Centres of Excellence such as the Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health to ensure there will be “more support for research in more diverse and under-served communities”.
Known for work into reducing health inequality, the team do this by working closely with patients, the public, community and voluntary sectors, researchers, health and social care organisations.
Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of the Centre for Black Minority Ethnic Health and Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “We’re honoured that our work has been noticed by the Department of Health and Social Care. Both myself and the team are looking forward to incorporating what we do onto a national scale, embracing and including all the different cultures we have in the UK into our research.
“Over the course of the pandemic, the Centre has been at the forefront of highlighting the associations between COVID-19 and disproportionate outcomes in ethnic minority populations.
“We’re pleased that diversity and inclusion are on the national agenda and we look forward to helping support national research in diverse and under-served communities.”
The Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health is is supported by the University of Leicester and NIHR ARC East Midlands. NIHR ARC East Midlands is a partnership of regional health services, universities and industry which turns research into cost-saving and high-quality care through cutting-edge innovation.