BAME launch huge success
24 July 2018
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
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.