Throughout the month of October, we are looking forward to celebrating Black History Month. The month focuses on recognising the contribution people with African and Caribbean heritage have had to British society. This year’s theme is Time for change: Actions not Words and the need for allyship. During the month there will be opportunities to learn more and talk about how we can take action to make positive change.
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"Time for Change: Action Not Words.’ To get to a better tomorrow, we can’t just focus on the past.
“The past is in the past. We can acknowledge and learn from it, but to improve the future, we need action, not words. We need to come together around a shared common goal to achieve a better world for everyone.” – Black History Month, 2022
For more information about this year’s theme, please visit this link: Our theme for Black History Month 2022 is Time for Change: Action Not Words. - Black History Month 2022
Black History in the NHS
“Without their input, it is likely that the NHS would not have survived, failing before it really had time to be established.” Learn more about the incredible impact that Black nurses have had on the NHS since it’s inception from the following links:
You Called and We Came: Remembering Nurses of the Windrush Generation - Black History Month 2022
Caribbean Women and the NHS - Black History Month 2022
Answering the Call: Our NHS Commonwealth Nurses Stories from the Commonwealth: nurses in the NHS - Black History Month 2022
Coaching for NHS staff from ethnic minority backgrounds
The Looking After You Too coaching service, for colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds, provides a one-to-one support offer. The coaching service is provided by trained coaches from ethnic minority backgrounds who will help you develop practical strategies to manage and maintain your health and wellbeing. LAYT coaching is confidential and free. No details are shared with employers and the coaches are external to the NHS. It can provide you with a safe and judgement-free space to deal with difficult conversations and build resilience.
Head here to Book a coaching session (leadershipacademy.nhs.uk)
Black History Month 2021
For 2021, in honour of Black History Month and for those who have suffered from the pandemic, we asked colleagues from all areas of our Trust to nominate an ethnically diverse colleague, or ally, who has impacted them in a positive, meaningful and memorable way, or has done something they feel deserves recognition.
We really wanted to bring forward those who are championing the values of being a great colleague and making a difference in the workplace.