An Analysis into the Place of Ethnic Minorities in Nursing and Midwifery NHS Workforce – Using a Systematic Review Approach (2011)

Gaining new knowledge, understanding a new research tool, observable evidence and the opportunity to analyse the place of ethnic minorities in nursing and midwifery NHS workforce were the drivers for this dissertation topic. The focus of this dissertation topic is of a high priority to the NHS. The NHS is struggling to attract and retain staff in nursing and midwifery profession.

There is evidence of low representation of ethnic minorities into this profession and a high disparity exists between the subgroups. There are particular low visibilities of all South Asian communities in this workforce. This dissertation uses the approaches of systematic review as a research tool to investigate the profile of ethnic minorities in particular South Asian groups into nursing and midwifery NHS workforce.

Evidence of research and policy based work programmes are used to explore the barriers associated that would signify the low numbers together with the testing and impact of any interventions. Evidence of information gathered suggest the NHS workforce does not reflect the profile of the community it serves and that position of ethnic minority staff has made little progress since 1960s in spite of race equality legislation.

A few numbers of initiatives have been introduced by the government; this dissertation describes these as schemes that can work effectively at an operational level but lack of monitoring and a short time frame of their existence inhibit true measurement of their success. This review maps out the past and the current areas of work on this topic and provides implications for future work.

  • 15,000 words – 105 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Good in depth analysis
  • Well written throughout
  • Ideal for HRM and nursing students

1: Introduction
Executive Summary
Background Information and literature Review
Nursing and Midwifery Profession – brief outlook
Issues around categorising groups of population (Who do we mean by Ethnic Minorities?)
Aim of proposed study

2: Literature Review
Review of Literature
Challenges and barriers that the profession brings it self
Salary and lack of promotion
Ethnic minority working profile in the UK
Discussion of the methodology
Quality assessment of qualitative research
Bias and error involved in systematic reviews

3: Methodology
Study selection criteria and procedure
Study selection criteria for the entry in the review
Inclusion criteria
Exclusion criteria
Study selection procedure
Development of the search strategy
Data extraction
Study quality assessment
Data synthesis
Limitation of my review
Bibliographic management
Dissertation timetable

4: Results and Discussion
Baseline information of studies included in the review
Trends and characteristics of ethnic minority in nursing and midwifery NHS workforce
BME staff attributes
Policies and schemes targeted for ethnic minority communities
Data on ethnic minority groups in nursing and midwifery professions
Possible Barriers
Nursing not seen as an attractive career
Barriers on religious and cultural grounds
Interventions to attract ethnic minority groups into nursing and midwifery workforce
Community briefing events and outreach work
Development of targeted PR materials
Use of research
Mentorship scheme
Cultural awareness training
Initiatives and leadership programmes
Recommendations from articles included in the review
Qualitative Critical Appraisal

5: Conclusion


Ethnic Minorities NHS Workforce Dissertation
Ethnic Minorities NHS Workforce Dissertation

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