Black History Month

It's Black History Month, find out what's happening and the importance of supporting this campaign, which is celebrated widely across the NHS.

22 September 2021

Black History Month honours the achievements, culture and history of black people. Like last year, the continued restrictions placed by the impact of COVID-19 within NHS trusts has meant many organisations will not be having face-to-face events, but instead will be finding innovative ways to mark Black History Month with virtual meet-ups and online events. 

Our theme for the month is ‘collaborate to elevate’, building unity and solidarity to amplify our voices and use our collective strength to rise up individually and collectively.

Joan Saddler, director of partnerships and equality, NHS Confederation and co-facilitator of the BME Leadership Network said:

"The national Black History Month theme is ‘proud to be’. We know our members are proud to be part of the NHS, and to have played such an important role in enabling our NHS to have achieved so much during this particularly challenging time.


This Black History Month we choose to celebrate and elevate the achievements and resilience of our colleagues and our communities. As the NHS People Promise says, we all have a voice that counts - let’s be proud of uniting our voices, in pursuit of our shared goal of making our NHS a vehicle for delivering equality for all.”

Addressing discrimination and disparity is essential, unfortunately, discrimination leads to talent being wasted and poor staff experience leads to poorer outcomes for patients and communities, so it is vital tackling this issue is at the forefront of every NHS organisation.  

Detailed below is a summary of statistics, examples of activities that are taking place in the NHS and a list of resources and organisations that can provide support to improve race equality. 

Get involved

During October keep an eye on our website and 
Twitter using hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth as we join in the celebrations, share stories and resources.

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