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Black History Month - October

Black History Month

Progressing race equality and inclusion in DCHS’. A condensed version will feature as part of the leaders’ team brief on 20 October and details of the full sessions on Microsoft Teams are below. They’re open to everyone, so please share with your team and other colleagues. Just turn up – there is no need to book. You can also join in the discussions online using #BlackHistoryMonth2021.

- Friday 22 Oct, 1:30-3:30pm: Click here to join the meeting
- Thursday 28 Oct, 10:30am-12:30pm: Click here to join the meeting

NHS England is also inviting colleagues to join the Race Ahead – NHS Big Conversation on Race’ throughout the month. A series of conversations and panel discussions will be focused on the specific actions we can all take to improve the outcomes and experiences of our staff.  

Derby and Derbyshire events

What is Black History Month?
Black History Month is the annual celebration and commemoration of moments in history, achievements and contributions that Black people have made.

First brought to the UK in the 1980s, Black History Month was initially introduced to the country by a member of the Greater London Council, Akyaaba Addai Sebo. Since 1987, Black History Month has been celebrated annually in the UK, to eradicate discrimination and encourage racial equality.  This year’s theme is ‘Proud to be’ and our BAME staff network, in collaboration with BAME networks across JUCD, are planning a variety of activities across organisational boundaries.

1 October 2021 marks the beginning of Black History Month. From this day, going forward till end of the month of October, we will be honouring the contributions made to society by people of Black heritage and their communities, Black History Month is a time to educate and enrich the world with the importance of Black history.

Martin Luther King Jr said’ Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better”.

Why is Black History Month important to us in DCHS?
Key metrics from the most recent analysis of national data on the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) in NHS trusts (WRES Implementation Team 2020) highlighted by Kings Fund show that:

• 29% of ethnic minority staff have experienced harassment, bullying or abuse from staff in the past 12 months, compared with 24.2% of white staff

• 15.3% of ethnic minority staff report experiencing discrimination at work from a manager, team leader or other colleague. More than double the proportion of white staff reporting discrimination (6.4%)

• 69.9% of ethnic minority staff believe their trust (employer) provides equal opportunities for career progression or promotion, compared with 86.3% of white staff

• The relative likelihood of ethnic minority staff entering the formal disciplinary process compared with white staff is 1.22.

What can colleagues who do not identify as Black do?
An important way to celebrate is by becoming an advocate for diversity and inclusion and to challenge acts of racism and discrimination in the work place and society. Ensuring that people of different races are treated equally should be a top priority and helps tackle discrimination and improve the statistics shown above.By addressing racism head-on you can be a pivotal figure in decreasing the number of Black people suffering such racial injustices.


Charles Dewa
BAME staff network chair