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BAME launch huge success

24 July 2018

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Southend Hospital’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) diversity network group had its official launch on Thursday 19 July with over 80 people attending presentations from members of staff and external guests.

This year has seen the creation of a number of diversity network groups within the Trust enabling people to come together, have open discussions and to learn more about the people we work with.

The official launch was organised by BAME Committee; Bianca Koroma - Vice Chair, Jes Johnselvan, Billy Fashanu, Gifty Okai, John Henry and Louise McIver led by BAME Chairman, Maxwell Ndongwe.

Max  said: "We wanted to host the official launch of our BAME group to show support  to 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 Southend Hospital. We were honoured that so many people turned up to our launch, including colleagues from Mid Essex and Basildon who helped to celebrate, what I hope, will be the start of something really positive for our organisation."

There were a number of key note speakers on the day, including special guest, Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, who was awarded a damehood for services to nursing and the Mary Seacole Statue Appeal.

Dame Elizabeth spoke about breaking through, despite the odds, and used her journey and personal experiences as a person of colour with an extensive national and international healthcare career spanning over 50 years. She reflected on what positive changes had occurred within healthcare relating to race and culture, as well as the work that needs to continue to happen.

Members of the Joint Executive Group and Site Leadership Team were also in attendance to support the event as well as other members of staff from all backgrounds.