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.
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.
Black History Month 2021 Nominees- Week 1
Aline Uwingabire, Healthcare Assistant
Aline always goes above and beyond for her patients. She puts every patient at ease before major heart surgery. Seeing her interact and communicate with patients and the whole team makes me proud that we have people like her working for our trust and specifically in our department.
Aline takes on the teaching of new HCA's and is an asset to our team as she makes everyone welcome and joins all new staff into the "team".
Well done Aline and thank you for being an integral part of our team.
Ruth Scrivener, Learning and Organisational Development Administration Assistant & Freedom to Speak Up Guardian
Ruth is always happy and positive in any dealings that you have with her, she makes you feel like your issue is her top priority.
It is important in such a fast paced environment, that we are all used to working in, that people pause and actively listen to what you have to say - Ruth embodies this.
Ibreez Ajaz, Internal Medicine Trainee (CT3), Freedom to Speak Up Guardian & SW BMA Bame Co-Chair
Ibreez has gone above and beyond to ensure that international doctors and their families have a smooth transition from their home countries to the United Kingdom.
Her activism and dedication within PGMC will definitely benefit others.