Join us in supporting South Asian Heritage Month

South Asian Heritage Month takes place from 18 July–17 August and aims to raise the profile and contribution of British South Asian history in the UK.

19 July 2022

First established in 2020, the month-long celebration provides a platform to help people better understand the diversity of present-day Britain. Over the next four weeks NHS organisations are encouraged to support the month.

The theme this year is ‘Journeys of Empire’ with two major anniversaries taking place during the month: the 75th anniversary of the independence of India and the partition of East and West Pakistan and the 50th anniversary of the expulsion of Ugandan Asians.

Paul Deemer, head of diversity and inclusion at NHS Employers said: “The NHS has a higher proportion of staff from South Asia than the wider economy - these staff made up 3.2 per cent (41,888) of the NHS workforce in 2021.

South Asian Heritage Month is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the contribution of South Asian communities to the NHS. There is a range of events taking place across the NHS and we encourage employers to showcase their events and to celebrate the work of South Asian communities in health and social care”.


Read the personal experiences of health and care leaders:


Here are just a few of the events being held across the NHS to celebrate and educate:

More information

Visit South Asian Heritage Month to learn more about the campaign and access their calendar of activities.

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