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 3
Louise Kinsella, Deputy Ward Mananger in Dematology
Please read the three different nominations for Louise:
I can not speak highly enough of the support and resilience Louise has shown since joining our team. Whether supporting her colleagues, or providing the best possible experience for the patients in her care, she always gives 110%. She continually strives to achieve excellence and improve the patient journey, and her dedication to achieve this, often sees her going above and beyond by working outside of her normal working hours. Louise’s positive work ethic in combination with her sheer drive, grit and determination has recently seen her successfully achieving promotion into the deputy manager position. She has been a welcome addition to the management team and I am personally grateful for her passionate “can do” attitude, and her enthusiastic, proactive approach. Louise consistently demonstrates excellent leadership qualities and identifies areas for improvement which complement our service. She is admired by the entire team for how tirelessly she works, and how committed she is to empower, develop and motivate others, to reach our shared objectives and provide a positive patient experience.
Louise is a very enthusiastic, caring nurse who since she joined our department has taken an active role in improving the department, and making the experience better for patients as well as working very hard to learn new skills to help out the department. She is very good at advocating for patients and being supportive through what can be an anxious time for them.
Louise is a very positive, hardworking and pro-active nurse.
She always helps out when clinics are busy. She always has a smile on her face!
Joshy Varghese, Trust Doctor in Neurology
Joshy has provided an incredible stable presence on the neurology ward throughout the pandemic despite vulnerable family at home. This has meant being separated from his children at times in order to ensure their safety so that he continued working. He was unable to visit his dying father in India or attend his funeral last year. Yet despite all of this adversity he has remained cheerful and professional, providing excellent care to our patients without any of them knowing his personal sacrifices to provide that care.