08 July 2018
Staff from Southend Hospital’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) network group were given the opportunity to attend the Windrush celebrations hosted by Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT) on Friday 22 June 2018.
NHS staff from across the region were invited to travel on a
Thames Clipper from Westminster Pier to the Port of Tilbury. On
that same day in 1948, the former German cruise liner Empire
Windrush arrived in the UK, carrying 492 passengers from the West
Mainly former service personnel, this was the first wave of post
war immigration with many of the passengers taking up roles in the
NHS, which launched just two weeks later.
As part of plans to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS, the 70th
anniversary of Windrush and diversity of the NHS workforce was
celebrated, from the Windrush generation of 1948, the south Asian
arrivals in the 1960s and 70s, to today's workforce, currently
represented by 202 nationalities.
The Windrush event was held to acknowledge, appreciate and
celebrate the contribution of both the passengers and their
descendants to the nation and inparticular to the NHS.
Maxwell Ndongwe, BAME Group Chairman & Surgical Matron,
said: "This was such an important day and I feel honoured that
staff from the Trust were invited to attend the celebrations.
"The Trust will officially launch its BAME network group on
Thursday 19 July to support both the minorities working in the
Trust and those working alongside them, as well as service users to
help bridge and celebrate the cultural diversity that makes up