Partnership celebrates ethnically diverse staff during Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) is giving voice to its diverse workforce and raising the profile of people at all levels of the Partnership during October.

WY&H HCP is making strides to ensure it has a leadership that better reflects the population it services. This Black History Month it will give Black, Asian and minority ethnic [BAME] staff a platform to raise their profile. This includes celebrating the work of BAME staff through weekly blogs, podcasts, and social media take over days with contributors from across WY&H HCP.

Staff from the vibrant and active WY&H HCP BAME Network from diverse backgrounds will have an opportunity to contribute and actively get involved with the major developments the Partnership is working on. This includes supporting carers, improving mental health and addressing health inequalities. The latter is part of an independent BAME review supported by the Network, which will see a report launched at the end of the month. WY&H HCP has also recently launched a new BAME Fellowship Programme to recognise talent and ensure a more diverse leadership – one of its top 10 big ambitions.

In the UK Black History Month takes place in October, celebrating the history, achievements and contributions of Black people to the UK.

Rob Webster, CEO Lead for WY&H HCP said: “It’s time we realised that Black History is our history. By bringing diverse voices to our Partnership, we are making visible changes to the way on which we do our work, ways that celebrate and raise the profile of our BAME colleagues. This is one of our 10 big ambitions in the Five Year Plan to tackle health inequalities, including for BAME communities and staff. It is only right that we give voice to some of the most talented individuals in our organisations during Black History Month and every other month. We are proud of our diversity – both in our communities and our workforce. I look forward to reading the rich stories of our colleagues.”

Fatima Khan-Shah, WY&H HCP Programme Lead for Unpaid Carers and Personalised Care and BAME Network Member added: “This idea has been developed by members of our Partnership’s BAME staff network. It builds on the work already underway by the leadership group and network colleagues. It is all about giving an opportunity for people, regardless of their roles, to share their experiences with others. During Black History Month we want to highlight the diverse workforce that makes up our Partnership. As part of our commitment to diversify our leadership and raise the profile of our BAME colleagues, all our press releases will include a quote from a member of our Partnership’s BAME network alongside our senior leaders.“

Zubair Mayet, Engagement Manager for NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group and member of WY&H HCP BAME Staff Network commented: “Black History Month is a significant event in the UK as it highlights the positive contributions made by Black and ethnically diverse communities to the UK. For many people from our diverse communities, this year has been emotionally challenging from the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities to international events such as the killing of George Floyd. I’m delighted that we will be using this month to shine a spotlight on our diverse colleagues”.

For more information on Black History Month, including events taking place in this region visit: https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/

You can find out more about WY&H HCP BAME Review at www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/meetings/supporting-our-black-asian-and-minority-ethnic-communities-and-staff-review-panel-meeting

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