National BAME Health and Care Awards

by David Truswell in London, England, United Kingdom

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A National Award celebrating the work of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff and with BAME patients in UK Health and Care services

by David Truswell in London, England, United Kingdom

As the largest employer in the United Kingdom with over 1.7 million employees the NHS has a diverse workforce with representation from across the globe. There are around 1.34 million jobs in the adult social care sector in England. 17% of the social care workforce is from a BAME background.  

Why These Awards Are Important?

Currently, one in five nurses, more than one in three doctors and one in six of all NHS staff are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Yet many studies have shown BAME staff are under-represented in senior roles and experience discrimination in their career in health care services.

For example:

  • The proportion of NHS board members and senior managers who are BAME is significantly smaller than the proportion of the NHS workforce or local communities that are from BAME backgrounds.
  • NHS staff survey data shows that BAME staff are more likely than white staff to experience harassment, bullying or abuse from other staff (but not from patients, relatives or members of the public).
  • BAME staff in NHS Trusts are much less likely to believe that their Trust provides equal opportunities for career progression.

Encouraging the Best

UK health and care services should be the first choice, world class working environment for all its employees as well as for the patients using these services. In recruiting the best international talent the NHS and other health and care providers in the UK face global competition to achieve their workforce development goals in a sector that worldwide is demanding an increasing number of skilled, highly motivated staff in clinical and non-clinical roles to deliver world class services.

Encouraging high value staff to train, work and stay in the health and care field or even choose a career in health and care when there are many other opportunities available to the hardworking and committed in a global market is an increasing challenge. The awards will act as encouragement to those from BAME backgrounds and all those supporting improvements in the quality of care for people in BAME communities who wish to see their contributions validated and valued.

In addition to giving awards for exceptional achievements we will also provide a supporting leadership development programme to the award winners that will include peer support events, mentoring and help with building a professional support network.

What are you supporting?

The awards are organised by an independent community interest company, Colourful Healthcare set up by BAME health and care professionals.

Your contributions will help to fund:

  • An awards ceremony in October 2019 for the shortlisted nominees and winners at a Central London venue
  • Developing the leadership programme for successful winners to ensure they have a sustainable programme of support in building confidence and help in using the award as a career stepping stone.

While even the smallest contributions will be invaluable support, all individual contributions over £ 100 will be mentioned in our publicity material for the awards.

Testimonials from our supporters

Wendy Olayiwola 

MSc Public Health, BA (Hons), RN, BSc (Hons), RM, DMS

BAME staff contributes immensely to the development and sustainability of British health and social care. Therefore, I firmly believe that more needs to be done in showcasing the talents and excellent work BAME staff are doing. We now have overwhelming data to prove how BAME staff are being treated and underrepresented in the senior positions in the NHS.  On the other hand, we have evidence that if these group of staff is well treated, we get a better patient outcome.  I am delighted we are now recognising and celebrating the talents and diversity in the health and care sector.

I believe this award will highlight role models, leaders, and mentors to the younger generation and encourage them to embrace a profession in the sector.

Jagtar Singh OBE 

I am very happy to support the National BAME Health and Care Awards. As a chair of an NHS Trust I see every day our NHS staff deliver great services. This is a once in a year opportunity to say thanks you to staff who do great work every day and often with little to no recognition.

Dr. Titilola Banjoko

I am Titilola Banjoko a healthcare professional with over 20 years working experience. I am involved in the award as I believe that the BAME need to be celebrated for the active role they have played and continue to play in healthcare in the UK. The awards provide an opportunity to have a dedicated platform for BAME people.

Aishnine Benjamin

Awards like this are essential to showcase the great work and contribution that people from ethnic minority groups do. Celebrating success is the way forward and it’s only by taking the time to reward and recognise the success of those that are so often just getting on with the job! This isn’t about special treatment – it’s removing the barriers to create equality and true inclusion. Everyone can be part of the celebration.

The Awards

Both the NHS Long-Term plan and the Interim People Plan emphasise that developing a positive, inclusive and people-centred culture, where diversity is respected and valued, are an essential aspect of achieving the NHS ambitions over the next 10 years.

The National Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Health and Care awards have been developed to ensure that we celebrate progress made in supporting BAME staff to thrive in our organisations. Where healthcare organisations are investing in prevention of health inequalities, we want to acknowledge and share good practice interventions and tools as well as innovative ideas that contribute to patient health.

Award winners can be from any background but need to demonstrate that they have made a positive and sustainable difference to the lives of BAME people, staff, patients, users of services or communities.

The 10 National BAME Health and Care award categories are:

1.   Compassionate and Inclusive Leader

2.   Ground-breaking Researcher

3.   Outstanding student / apprentice

4.   Inspiring Diversity and Inclusion Lead

5.   Integration innovator

6.   Clinical champion

7.   Digital champion

8.   Inspiring service user or patient

9.   Health and wellbeing promoter 

10. Workforce innovator

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