Posted on: 3 November 2023

Picture of a poster with information about the new equality frameworkCNWL is supporting the national roll out of NHS England’s first ever anti-racism framework, the Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF). Claire Murdoch, CNWL’s Chief Executive, announced the launch at a webinar today.

People from racialised communities are more likely to suffer from mental health difficulties and often have worse experiences and outcomes when they come into contact with mental health services.

We therefore welcome the publication of the PCREF, which will reduce racial inequality and racial inequity and support NHS Trusts and providers on their journey’s to becoming actively anti-racist organisations.

This framework marks a significant milestone in the fight towards achieving equitable mental health care for all. As a partner organisation, we recognise the importance of our role in engaging communities and supporting the NHS to help embed the voices or patients, carers, and people with lived experience in the implementation of the PCREF.

The PCREF is a core part of NHS England’s published Advancing Mental Health Equalities Strategy which sets out the actions the NHS will take to reduce inequalities in mental health and a number of Mental Health Trusts have been piloting the framework over the last two to three years.

CNWL staff can find out more on our new intranet page where we will share upcoming events, updates, and minutes from the taskforce meetings.