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Unconscious Bias and Allyship

Unconscious bias is a type of bias which we are not aware of in our conscious minds but that affects our behaviour and emotions. Understanding unconscious bias is key to creating a society that is supportive of individual minority members. To address unconscious bias, we need to be aware of it. You can do this by becoming an ally.


In this 3-minute video, the concept of unconscious bias is explained

In this 13-minute TEDx video, global inclusion expert Helen Turnbull explores Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion and Collusion

External links

  • This article from the British Medical Journal explores how unconscious bias can discriminate against patients and affect their care (access full article via OpenAthens).
  • The RPS held a workshop on allyship which is available to members to watch.
  • For those wanting to explore this topic in more depth, the Midland NHS Leadership Academy have produced an Unconscious bias toolkit.
  • Alternatively, there is a 4-week Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Understanding Bias and Allyship in EDI course available on Future Learn which you can enrol in.