Founded in 2015 our BME staff network has grown from eight initial members, to more than 60 people in 2020. The group has representatives from all levels of the organisation, including our Deputy Chief Executive, Clive Clarke.
The network gives staff the opportunity to influence decisions, develop in their roles and champion equality across the Trust.
Any member of staff who does not identify themselves as white British can join the group.
The BME staff network has a key role in informing and shaping policy. Over the past five years they have been involved in:
- Developing our approach to zero tolerance to violence and harassment of staff
- Ensuring that the recruitment of all Band 7 or higher roles has a BME panel member.
- Dealing with incidents of a racial nature.
- Influencing the development of our Harassment Policy.
Members are encouraged to use the network as a safe space to talk openly about any issues or difficulties they may be facing.
The group regularly meet to share knowledge and expertise in different areas, and attend various networking opportunities with organisations across the region to share best practice.
Working Together conference
Every year the group organise our annual Working Together conference. This is an opportunity for staff working across the organisation to come together and discuss issues that are important to the BME staff network.
Guest speakers from across the country have attended the event to share their story with attendees, including Britain's most successful black film director, Amma Assante and Yvonne Cohill, Director of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).
Join the group
The group is open to any member of staff who does not identify as white British.
If you would like to find out more or get involved all you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org