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Improving diversity and inclusion

Improving diversity and inclusion in our organisation is a priority for NHS Blood and Transplant. We are making a long-term commitment to changing the culture of our organisation.

From our Chief Executive, Betsy Bassis:

"Recent events in the US, coupled with the disproportionate impact that Covid-19 has had on the BAME community, has triggered protests and soul searching worldwide. There is a growing consciousness about institutional racism and longstanding inequalities that have belied improvement for generations.

"Sadly, NHSBT has not been immune from these historic problems, as highlighted by this independent report which I commissioned following a visit to Colindale last year. At that time, I committed to publishing the findings as a way to re-build trust and ensure the organisation is held to account for delivery.

Whilst this report focuses on a particular site, we know that these issues are evident in other parts of our organisation. I am truly sorry to anyone at NHSBT who has experienced bias, discrimination and/or microagressions. This is unacceptable. We have and will continue to take action until NHSBT is a truly diverse and inclusive organisation."

Organisation diagnosis report

Blood bagsFollowing reports about the working environment at our centre in Colindale, we commissioned an independent report into attitudes towards diversity and inclusion.

The report identifies unacceptable treatment of black, Asian and minority ethnic colleagues, poor management practices and a culture that does not reflect the values we expect within our organisation. 

We are grateful to colleagues from all backgrounds who had the courage to come forward and tell us about their experiences. We owe it to them to make a difference.

Read the report (PDF 395KB)

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