COVID care for BAME patients

We’ve responded to emerging evidence on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) healthcare staff by developing new guidance on risk assessment and mitigation for our members, to help support BAME colleagues across the UK.

A Task and Finish group, which was rapidly convened by President Dr Wendy Burn and chaired by Dr Ananta Dave, has worked over the last two weeks to produce the new guidance.

The report Impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff in mental healthcare settings: assessment and management of risk explores the risk factors associated with COVID-19 and the impact of wider inequalities for BAME staff, and sets out recommendations for implementing risk assessments and risk mitigation in mental healthcare settings.

The guidance includes a risk assessment tool developed by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Ananta Dave, Chair of the Task and Finish group, said:

"There is considerable data now available which shows that people from a BAME background are disproportionately affected by Covid-19. We recognise that it is an incredibly important issue, and we need to act on it urgently – which is why we have made recommendations which are practical and can be quickly implemented by mental healthcare providers. We are proud of the diversity of our staff in Psychiatry and see it as a strength which needs to be safeguarded."

The group is continuing to meet, and further updates will be available in the coming weeks as we learn more about this fast-moving and important issue.

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