Chair: Usha Boolaky, Assistant Director of Research, the Health Foundation
Host: Charli Colegate, Research Manager, the Health Foundation
Oli Williams, THIS Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow, King’s College London.
Emily Niner, Participation Manager and Kerrie Portman, Youth Patron, at Ambitious about Autism
Natalie Creary, Programme Delivery Director, Black Thrive
Supporting diversity and inclusion (D&I) in health care is a well-documented concern across the NHS . Although there have been significant steps to change culture and leadership  within the NHS to address issues of D&I, there remains a significant challenge in addressing similar inequalities throughout the health services research cycle – from agenda setting and the design of research programmes, through to the planning, delivery and evaluation of individual research projects and the implementation of the knowledge produced.
This session presents a range of perspectives on the importance of improving how health services research addresses D&I. It explores the experiences of people who are often marginalised throughout the research cycle, and what we are learning about more inclusive, diverse and participatory research practice. Consideration will be given to what it means to co-produce research and health services - including the barriers to developing more equitable approaches within prevailing institutional and disciplinary norms. Within this, it will examine the role of the funder in improving D&I and how the process of knowledge production influences the outcomes of research, policy and practice. Throughout the session we will explore how – as a community – we can address current inequities by creating, supporting and practicing a more inclusive research culture.
Session length: 90 minutes.
 Kline, R (2014). The “snowy white peaks” of the NHS: a survey of discrimination in governance and leadership and the potential impact on patient care in London and England. Available from Middlesex University’s Research Repository.
 E.g. through with introduction of a range of measures and initiatives at a national level to track and monitor progress such as the Workforce Race Equality Standard, and Disability Equality Standard and the NHS Diversity and Inclusion Council.