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Diverse hospital workforce celebrated

01 November 2015


As part of October’s Black History Month, Southend University Hospital’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Diversity Network organised a day of events in the education centre to recognise and celebrate its diverse workforce which includes staff from 69 countries.

The day also recognised and valued the inspirational individuals and events that have shaped black history in the UK, remembering the important people from the past and those who make such a great contribution to helping our society today.

There was a series of inspiring talks in the lecture theatre with one of the highlights being a presentation from Yvonne Coghill OBE, a director at Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Implementation (NHS England), who took a critical look at the number of BME senior appointments in other NHS trusts.

After the presentations there was a fashion show with staff wearing outfits inspired by traditional costume, by African designer Loice Gomera who is based in Cambridge. This was followed by a display of photographs of BME hospital staff from the 1940s to the present day and food stalls offering hot and cold dishes from many countries including Kenya, India, Jamaica and Sudan.


Image l-r: Guest speaker Peter Hall, member engagement manager from the employers network for equality & inclusion,third year medical students Seyi Bamigboye, Priscilla Ochuba and Aksa  Ahmed and Mary Foulkes OBE, director of organisational development and human resources