23 / 10 / 2013 9.16am
Staff at the NHS Employers organisation have been recognised for their work to develop and implement good race equality practice in the NHS at the EMBRACE awards ceremony in London on Saturday 19 October.
Professor Carol Baxter, Head of Equality and Diversity, NHS Employers walked away with the EMBRACE Lifetime Achievement award for promoting Equality & Diversity in the NHS. Mohamed Jogi, Programme Manager for Equality & Diversity, NHS Employers won the EMBRACE award for Network Leadership for his work with the Ambulance Service
The Health & Social Care BME Network will assess progress through a transparent performance measurement system. This process offers an opportunity for the NHS to begin the transition so the expertise and energy of all its employees, regardless of race or faith are treated as assets and valued. By agreeing to three simple pledges NHS organisations can:
- Increase BME appointments at senior level.
- Improve the quality of BME staff and the experience of patients.
- Highlight good practice and celebrate diversity.
Professor Surinder Sharma, the former NHS Equalities Czar took the lead in presenting awards for outstanding service and promotion of equality in the NHS. He said “There is a lot of pessimism about the NHS these days but there is still a lot to be proud of. BME professionals have a long history with the NHS and give a lot to the organisation. These awards are about thanking staff at all levels in the NHS for going the extra mile for patients”.
Visit the website the Health and Social Care BME Network to find out more about the work they do and to get involved.