The list was put together by the HSJ to celebrate healthcare champions from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. The pioneers were nominated by HSJ readers and healthcare experts, with a panel of judges selecting the most outstanding for the inaugural list, supported by the BMA, NHS Employers and the NHS Leadership Academy.
The judges said of Professor Rao, based at UEL’s Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD), ‘A really fantastic leader and incredibly inspirational. She is doing work on the impact of being a black and ethnic minority patient within England. She really deserves to be on the list.’ She was described as working diligently to make a difference for patients and staff in the NHS and beyond. Read more