October is Black History Month in the UK, and this year’s theme is #PROUDTOBE.
There have been a number of events planned throughout the month in order to celebrate, as well as continue to tackle the workplace discrimination that some of our colleagues continue to face. We would encourage you to join in whatever way you can, but thought some of these sessions might be a good place to start:
NHS North East and Yorkshire Leadership Academy (NEYLA) - Programme of Events
This year has been another challenging year, although we are in a better position than last, Covid-19 is still at the forefront of everybody’s mind. We celebrate staff who have worked extremely hard especially the covid response teams and all those who have worked beyond expectation. These series of events have been planned to celebrate Black History Month for all NHS staff.
Race Ahead – NHS Big Conversation on Race
The People Directorate at NHS England and NHS Improvement are pleased to invite you to ‘Race Ahead – NHS Big Conversation on Race’ during October. Race Ahead will be a series of conversations and panel discussions on Wednesday 6 and Tuesdays, 12, 19 and 26 October, focused on the specific actions we can all take to improve the outcomes and experiences of our staff.
Dates to remember:
- Wednesday 6 October - Zero tolerance for racism: supporting a diverse workforce to deliver for patients
- Tuesday 12 October - Leadership that makes a difference: positively transforming the culture of the NHS through leadership
- Tuesday 19 October - Improving health and wellbeing for all staff by reflecting on their lived experience
- Tuesday 26 October - Strategic approaches to achieving racial equality
Free Equality Diversity and Inclusion event for North East Yorkshire: all NHS staff welcome
The North East Yorkshire Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team would like to inform colleagues in NHS organisations about a Black History Month Celebration that we are jointly running with the Chief Nursing Officer’s Black Ethnic Minority Strategic Advisory Group Regional team. The event invites a variety of speakers for a two-hour long celebration from 2pm to 4pm on Monday 11 October.
Stemming from Black History Month is Race Ahead, which coincides with the emergence of Integrated Care Systems and their early stages of recruitment. These senior system leaders have important roles to play in addressing racial inequity and closing the long-standing gaps in health inequalities. The event will be looking at the various themes form Race Ahead from both a nursing and EDI perspective. The themes are Identity and me, leadership, health and wellbeing, race equality. They NEY team would like to say that the event is open to all NHS colleagues in all NHS organisations throughout NEY.
And coming up in December... Cultural Competence Training
2 December, 9:30-11:30am, Online via Zoom
Delivered by Connected Voice, the training includes PowerPoint slides, videos and activities and cover:
- What do we mean by culture
- Understanding of what local BAME communities need
- Skills to help identify some of the barriers to accessing health services
- Skills to make your job easier
- Confidence working with different communities
- Good practice to improve access into your service
- Connected Voice provide a resource sheet with information to follow up on and a questionnaire to help take the learning from this session and put it into practice