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Diversity Network at NEP

Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu next to Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Patricia Hughes at the launch of the BAME Network

Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu next to Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Patricia Hughes at the launch of the BAME Network

An equality and diversity network for all staff at North Essex Partnership (NEP) was launched on Tuesday 7 February 2017 at the Trust Headquarters in Chelmsford.

The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Patricia Hughes and Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, DBE CBE FRCN, were special guests.

Professor Anionwu gave an inspiring talk about her childhood, growing up as a mixed race young person and studying to become a nurse.

Professor Anionwu said: “I am delighted about how my own life story has resonated with the audience. The launch of the Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic, Network is a positive step which I hope will address the issues of discrimination in the workplace. What really matters is the ability of a person and not the colour of their skin.”

Professor Anionwu signed copies of her book “Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union” – it is available on Amazon.

The Black Asian Ethnic Minority (BAME) Network is open to all staff, including those from non – BAME backgrounds.

One of the main objectives of the BAME staff network is to improve equality and diversity and oversee the delivery of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) action plan and make it a reality at NEP.

The Network will raise awareness of “unconscious bias” within the recruitment process and various other issues that affect staff from BAME groups.

Christopher Butler, Interim Chief Executive at NEP said: “Equality and diversity is vitally important to health and social care, both for patients and staff. This is why we have launched the Black Asian Ethnic Minority Network. The network is open to all staff, even those who are not from a BAME background. The diversity of our workforce is one of our strengths and we want to continue to build on this. I strongly encourage all staff to get involved as getting diversity right will enable us to provide better services, as well as helping staff from BAME backgrounds to make the best possible contribution to the work of the Trust.”

 

For further information, please contact Ian C-Thorpe on 01245 546446 or 07896 791297. Email: ian.coulson-thorpe@nhs.net