Black History Month 2022

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

NHS England » Support for our diverse colleagues

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.

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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.

Black History Month

  1. Black History Month 2021 Nominees- Week 1

    -Aline Uwingabire, Healthcare Assistant
    -Ruth Scrivener, Learning and Organisational Development Administration Assistant & Freedom to Speak Up Guardian
    -Ibreez Ajaz, Internal Medicine Trainee (CT3), Freedom to Speak Up Guardian & SW BMA Bame Co-Chair

  2. Black History Month 2021 Nominees- Week 2

    -Mr Chris Oppong, Consultant Surgeon
    -Shadna Lallchand, Emergency Nurse Practitioner
    -Rez Rogers, Healthcare Scientist

  3. Black History Month 2021 Nominees- Week 3

    Louise Kinsella, Deputy Ward Mananger in Dematology

    Joshy Varghese, Trust Doctor in Neurology

  4. Black History Month 2021 Nominees- Week 4

    Black History Month 2021 Nominees- Week 4

    Merris Longstaff, Nurse at Minor Injuries

    William Mukonoweshuro, Consultant Neuroradiologist 

    Kyeiyanne James, Associate Practitioner 

  5. Black History Month 2021 Nominees- Week 5

    Claire Underdown, Assistant Director of People

    Hannah Jory, Assistant Practitioner in Research and Development

    Jo Beer, Chief Operating Officer

    Rebecca Brown, Diabetes Specialist Nurse

    Siobhan McCoulough, Tissue Viability Nurse 

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