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Ethnic Diversity -equal access to education and leadership opportunities for all

Cathy McCusker

Cathy McCusker, Senior Professional Officer

NIPEC is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the access to education for the ethnically diverse workforces of nurses, midwives, AHPs and their support staff in Health and Social Care Trusts.

To help take this work forward NIPEC has recruited a Professional Officer for Ethnic Diversity for each Trust who is working alongside the NIPEC Project Lead, Cathy McCusker.

Professional Officers collage

View the Powerpoint presentation from recent workshop.(PDF)

Watch the videos below and meet our Professional Officers for Ethnic Diversity

Meet Amanda

Meet Deepthi

Meet Jonah 

Meet BiJi

Meet Jincy

Project Background 

NIPEC completed a baseline survey in June 2022 and a follow-up survey in December 2022 to monitor the access to education. Read the survey report March 2023.

Useful Sites

The UK ENIC site is useful for those needing to check the comparability of education.

Read here about ENIC

The NMC has a pathway to support internationally educated nurses or midwives joining the register who have been forcibly displaced from their country eg a Refugee or Asylum Seeker

See Frequently Asked Questions about ENIC at bottom of this page in FAQ section.


In December 2022 the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) also requested NIPEC to set up a regional collaborative to support the progression of “equal access to education and leadership opportunities for all”.   The collaborative met 28 March 2023. View the Powerpoint presentation (PDF).


  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    TitleDate addedDownload
    FAQ on OET04-03-2024 DownloadPreview
    FAQ on IELTS11-03-2024 DownloadPreview
    FAQS on UK ENIC01-03-2024 DownloadPreview

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