An imbalance in attainment between White and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students across Health Schools suggests the existence of inequality in healthcare professional education. The project entitled ‘Bridging the Attainment Gap—A Pathway to Equality in Healthcare’ will develop a strategic approach to investigating and addressing disparities among health students across King’s health schools.
The seed fund will help the newly established consortium of King’s Health Schools’ students, patients, professional and academic staff, including external (regulatory bodies) and cross-institution collaborators to explore in depth what the institutional culture, leadership & departmental barriers are that have generated disparities in the academic attainment of undergraduate students on Health School programmes.
– Dr Heidi Lempp, Reader in Medical Sociology, School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences
The award of £94,000 will cover the cost of a full-time postdoctoral research assistant, a senior statistician and other research and developmental costs over a period of 12 months.
Speaking of the award, Professor Lempp said: "Most research in Healthcare education is quantitative, including the work carried out at King’s, however the findings do not explain how the attainment gaps have come about for many years within our offered undergraduate courses. It is the aim of the consortium to steer away from the dominance of the ‘deficit model’ but offer new approaches through a coherent research strategy and become leader in research that strengthens the equality and diversity within health education, health workforce and ultimately patient care".