Diverse hospital workforce celebrated
02 November 2016
As part of October’s Black History Month, the 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.
The day featured music from keyboardist Tapiwa Mufunda, personal
stories by hospital staff including Frank Ajoku, Namdi Ngoka and
Miriam Ngwawaira, a selection of stands promoting everything from
Black History Archives of Southend Hospital, food stalls, NHS
Leadership Academy and many more.
Namdi Ngoka, Associate Director of Human Resources, said: "Over
the years, a lot of black people have made a difference to
healthcare and the wider economy and this is a chance to recognise
it and celebrate what they have achieved. It's not just black
people but people of all ethnic minorities and backgrounds.
One of the exhibitors included Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity
and Inclusion at NHS Employers, who said: "I think it's important
that the NHS is part of the national celebrations. Today's
highlights for me have been listening to individual stories from
the likes of black nurses and their good and bad experiences of
coming to work and live in this country. I think that's good to
hear an open discussion amongst a mixed group of people about some
of the issues people face. Not just within the hospital but outside
the hospital as well.
One of the speakers who shared her personal story of living and
working in the country was Southend Hospital nurse, Miriam
Ngwawaira, from Zimbabwe, who said: "To me black history is
embracing my strengths as a black person in the health sector
especially with helping my patients and achieving the best clinical
outcomes. I gave a talk today about cultural competence -
about how to embrace culture and diversity in providing care."
IMAGE (l-r): Paul Deemer, Miriam Ngwawaira and Namdi