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S3 / E2 - Dr Irtiza Qureshi

Intersecting Factors, Institutional Racism & Betrayal: Impact of Covid-19 on Ethnic Minority Healthcare Workers

Episode Overview

In this episode, we are joined by Dr Irtiza Qureshi, research fellow, who talks about his research project (UK-REACH) on the mental health impact of Covid-19 on UK ethnic minority healthcare workers. Irtiza unpacks intersecting and accumulative factors such as socio-economic disadvantage, institutional racism, and healthcare inequalities. Irtiza also touches upon his keen interest to further explore the implications of the pandemic on children and young people during such unprecedented times.

"...You cumulatively start to build up this picture of this one person [ethnic minority healthcare worker] and you start to see why they are at a more vulnerable, disempowered, disadvantaged position and therefore more likely to be told to go and work on a Covid patient facing ward which increases their likelihood of infection which then increases likelihood of poor health outcomes due to Covid."

About Dr Irtiza Qureshi

Current Role: Research Fellow

Episode Title: Intersecting factors, institutional racism, & betrayal: Impact of Covid-19 on ethnic minority healthcare workers.

Episode #: Series 3: Episode 2

Irtiza is a qualified teacher, researcher, and public sector trainer specialising in health, education and diversity. In his current role, Irtiza is a research fellow working with the UK-REACH project on COVID-19 and UK Healthcare workers. His recent work has included lecturing on Public Health issues; training over 700 organisations on mental health issues; and developing national networking capacity for Health Education England.

"...When you add inconsistent guidance for PPE, plus institutional racism, that can then lead to a sense of lack in trust in one's employer and can lead to a sense of betrayal... that then leads to increased psychological burden on ethnic minority healthcare workers."

Social Links

Twitter: @IrtizaQ


Qureshi, I., Gogoi, M., Al-Oraibi, A., Wobi, F., Pan, D., Martin, C. A., ... & Nellums, L. B. (2022). Intersectionality and developing evidence-based policy. The Lancet, 399(10322), 355-356. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)02801-4

Qureshi, I., Gogoi, M., Wobi, F., Chaloner, J., Al-Oraibi, A., Hassan, O., ... & Pareek, M. Healthcare workers from diverse ethnicities and their perceptions of risk and experiences of risk management during the COVID-19 pandemic: Qualitative insights from the UK-REACH study. Frontiers in Medicine, 1872.

Qureshi, I., Garcia, R., Ali, N., & Randhawa, G. (2021). Understanding the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on nurses from ethnic minority backgrounds. Nursing Standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain): 1987), 36(9):29-34.

DOI: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11645


Qureshi, I. (2022). Health and social care inequalities in relation to ethnicity; British South Asian men and nursing careers. In Health and Social Care Research Methods in Context. Routledge.

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