Date lodged: 24 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to encourage black and minority ethnic (BME) people to work in the health and social care sector.
Answered by: Shona Robison 15 August 2017
The Scottish Government is determined to show leadership in advancing race equality in Scotland. Through the Race Equality Framework we have identified a number of actions to promote the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in all arenas of Scottish life, including two specific actions to promote the participation of black and minority ethnic people within the NHS and social care workforces.
We work actively with NHS Boards to promote equality and diversity issues, which are underpinned by fair and inclusive recruitment policies, supported by clear and unequivocal Staff Governance Standards.
Furthermore, on behalf of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) provides a range of resources, through various sources, to promote career opportunities for people from all backgrounds in the social care sector in Scotland.