The acronym BAME stands for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and is defined as all ethnic groups except White ethnic groups. It does not relate to country origin or affiliation.
Cultural diversity is a tremendous asset that we have at UHP. Every person, regardless of their ethnicity or background, should be able to fulfil their potential at work. We must be understanding of others and their cultures as they bring a wider range of skills and teach us to respect differences in beliefs and opinions.
This network will provide an open forum for our BAME colleagues to share their experience of the workplace in a supportive and safe environment. The network will provide a ‘listening ear’ for our BAME colleagues as well as seeking their views to help shape our inclusion agenda and enable us to focus our efforts on actions that will make the biggest and most positive difference.
When is the next BAME Staff Network?
To be confirmed
Please email the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team (email@example.com) for an MS Teams invite to be sent to you.
Network Chair and Deputy Network Chair
Interviews took place over Summer 2020 for our very first BAME Network Chair and Deputy. The interview panel was made up of and chaired by BAME Network colleagues. We are delighted to inform you that Kyeiyanne James was appointed to be the BAME Network Chair and Rez Rogers has been appointed Deputy Chair and will be supporting Kyeiyanne in taking the network forward. Congratulations to them both on what will be pivotal roles in the organisation at this point in time.
Here Kyeiyanne and Rez tell us a bit more about themselves:
“Hello, my name is Kyeiyanne James (Beckles) and I originate from Trinidad and Tobago from a big city called Port of Spain. I am a proud mum of two boys, aged nine and 10, and have been living in the UK since 2010. In Trinidad I studied Medical Laboratory Technology, which involved working in various labs.
“I started working for the Trust in 2013 as a phlebotomist, and after one year I got a position in Microbiology as a Band 2. Presently I work as an Associate Practitioner in the Immunology/Flow Cytometry department and in time I wish to work as a Biomedical Scientist.
“Since our move to Plymouth, my family, friends and I have experienced discrimination. Whilst I have been involved at my children’s school making changes and increasing awareness, it wasn’t until the BAME post came up at the Trust that I started to believe I could be involved in making a bigger impact.
“I am delighted to have been appointed to be the Chair of the BAME Network and because of my own personal experiences I am confident that I can help others. I look forward to improving the BAME relationships within this Trust and the wider community. We are all different but we are all equal and there is strength in unity.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me so far, and I am looking forward to the BAME Network moving from strength to strength. I am very proud of the Trust for investing in such a positive movement and the future is an exciting one.”
“My name is Rez and I work as a Clinical Physiologist in Neurophysiology. I am delighted that UHPT initiated a network for BAME staff to come together in support to share their knowledge and the experiences they have had regarding racism, both from staff and patient perspectives. I am incredibly grateful for receiving the role of vice chair to the network. Individual voices, opinions and opportunities should not be overlooked or ignored because of where a person comes from, what they believe in or skin colour.
“The COVID-19 pandemic this year has led to Public Health England highlighting both the under-representation of BAME staff at every organisational level, and the resistance to speak up and ask for help due to previous experiences of racism. Discrimination in any form, directly or indirectly, should neither be tolerated nor ignored when raised to other colleagues. Through the Network, I hope to increase awareness and education of the true impact of racism to prevent staff and patients from experiencing these painful incidents, and unify all colleagues to speak up in the face of adversity by challenging and reflecting on these behaviours, both from themselves and others.
“My door will always be open to anyone who wants their voice to be heard. Remember that you are not alone. I look forward to working with every member of the Network and the wider Trust to make these positive changes for everyone.”
“I am honoured to be the Executive Champion for the BAME network. I see my role as Champion as supporting your network, championing diversity and sustainable inclusion across the organisation and wider health and care system.
"I’m a nurse by trade and vocation and I’ve worked in many roles throughout my 33-year career and loved every one. I am passionate about the NHS and the provision of health care to all who need it. I volunteer locally, supporting the homeless and people with complex lives, and am currently working with community partners to bid for future investment and development. I have also volunteered internationally with my family, providing healthcare and education to remote communities; this was a life changing experience for all of us.
"I’m very conscious that I am a working-class, white woman representing a Trust Board that is not as diverse as we would like and I want to acknowledge that up front. I also want to commit to embrace the difficult conversations we will all need to have to make the changes to the conversations we have in the future. I know that I have much to learn.
"As we learn more about the disproportionate effects of Covid-19 on BAME communities and watch the world’s response to George Floyd’s death, establishing this network seems more important than ever. I hope that you will join us in establishing this Network and really look forward to meeting you all.”
Jo Beer - Director of Integrated Care and Partnerships
Culturally Diverse Staff Common Rooms
Colleagues in the national People Team in partnership with NHS Practitioner Health have been busy developing virtual Staff Common Rooms for NHS colleagues from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities across the NHS. This is an opportunity for our NHS people to come together virtually and to invest some time in supporting each other during these challenging times. Open to absolutely anyone although specifically catering to the needs of our NHS staff from BAME communities working within the NHS across England, regardless of job role, organisational context or hierarchy and includes all final year students who have been working on the Covid-19 pandemic.
For more information, please see the PDF file attached in the documents section of this page.