RCPsych Act Against Racism – behaviours, competencies and systems to effectively tackle racism in the workplace

Date: Thursday 20 June
Time: 2.40pm - 3.55pm
Stream: Leadership and management


High level survey data from NHS-England, WRES, NHS staff surveys, GMC and the RCPsych reveal persistently high levels of racism experienced by ethnic minority healthcare staff including doctors. This has remained unchanged despite previous initiatives. Racism may be individually mediated or structural and systemic in nature. It has a toxic impact on staff well-being and retention and adversely affects patient care. RCPsych has recently published comprehensive guidance (Tackling Racism in the Workplace) on addressing racism in the workplace through focused actions at the systemic, organisational and individual levels.

This session will describe the 15 effective actions grouped into six domains, and how to achieve transformational change. The masterclass participants will understand the evidence base of these actions; learn about the stepwise guide to implementing these actions to tackle racism in each organisation and; learn how to use data effectively to measure progress. The guidance provides organisations with a ‘Maturity Matrix’ to chart the progress incrementally, and address barriers. Importantly this guidance will help individuals who are impacted by racism at workplace to take appropriate actions, seek support. All managers and clinicians have a role to play in preventing and mitigating racism, by adopting specific measures including allyship actions. A range of resources are now available through the RCPsych Tackling Racism in the Workplace portal and through the support provided.  

Addressing racism is vital for workforce wellbeing as well as for retention of our workforce. It is not only an ethical or moral imperative, but is absolute business critical to any organisation. With over 120,000 vacancies in the NHS and with SAS doctors and International Medical Graduates making up an increasing proportion of new psychiatrists, these actions must be expedited. This session will enhance the learning and competencies for psychiatrists of all levels of seniority to tackle racism.

Delegates will learn about:

  • Appreciating how systemic and individual factors mediate racism experienced by ethnic minority healthcare staff.
  • Being familiar with the Tackling Racism in the Workplace Guidance and the resources provided by the RCPsych
  • Knowing how an organisation can implement the 15 actions (and the 6 domains they come under) to tackle racism in the workplace
  • Knowing how to use systematic and incremental approaches to achieving transformational change, to be effective in your efforts to implement the actions in Act Against Racism


Chair: Trudi Seneviratne, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK

Dr Rajesh Mohan, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Dr Amrit Sachar, West London NHS Trust, London, UK

Dr Ananta DaveBlack country Integrated Care System, Wolverhampton, UK

Please email congress@rcpsych.ac.uk or call 020 8618 4120 with any enquiries.