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