Black History Month 2021

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Ceebrated every Ocotber, Black history month is an annual celebration of the contributions made by black people to society in the UK.

Black History Month 2021

Black History Month is an annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions that black people in the UK have and continue make.

The month is an opportunity for everyone across the Trust to acknowledge the successes of our minority ethnic colleagues and celebrate the contributions they make to the NHS and to the wider communities we serve. The month also gives us the chance to educate one another on the inequalities experienced by people from minority ethnic backgrounds and to inspire all of us to maintain and further develop an inclusive and diverse culture which is supportive and welcoming for all.

The theme for this year’s campaign is “Proud to Be,” with the aim to invite minority ethnic people from around the UK to share what it is they’re proud to be and recognise that for a festival of celebration during the month.

At Mid Yorkshire we believe that every person should be able to fulfil their potential at work, regardless of their background, identity or circumstance. As such, we have taken the opportunity given to us by this month’s campaign, to showcase some of our minority ethnic staff and have them describe who, what and why they’re “Proud to Be”.

We have recorded a number of videos that will focus on members of staff from our Trust telling their short story of pride. Throughout October the videos will be posted onto our social media channels and here on the Trust website. We encourage you all to watch and show your support for the members of staff telling their stories.

We hope these stories, inspire and inform on the crucial role our minority ethnic staff play in our NHS.

Welcome to Black History Month - A message from Brian Chyiesu

A message from Brian Chyiesu, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, WRES expert & Race Network Co-Chair at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

"Welcome to Black History Month

"Black History Month is the time when the contributions made by people of Black heritage are acknowledged and celebrated nationally and internationally, something given the events of the last 18 months is more important than ever.

“With the fallout from George Floyd’s murder, the mobilisation of the Black Lives Matter movement and the racial abuse suffered by England’s black footballers following their efforts at this year’s European Championships, the representation and treatment of ethnic minorities has been starkly brought to the attention of the public.

“The impact of the COVID pandemic on minority communities has also highlighted racial and health inequalities that need to be acknowledged and addressed. With debate now shifting within the NHS to emphasise the importance of prioritising diversity and the need to address inequality within the NHS for patients, communities and staff; Black History Month allow us to consider these needs in even greater detail.

“The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Proud to be’. Here at Mid Yorkshire we firmly believe our minority ethnic staff can be proud to be part of an NHS workforce that has achieved so much, particularly during these most challenging of times. Yes, there is still a lot to be done to narrow the gap of inequalities, but minority ethnic staff can also be proud of the current progress and what we hope to achieve moving forward as we aim to break down inequalities across communities and within institutions.

“The role our minority ethnic colleagues play in this cannot be understated and is why, each year, we choose to celebrate and recognise their achievements and the role they play. We hope that this month allows our staff, our patients and our communities to come together to help create an NHS that can deliver equality for all – something we can all be proud to be a part of. Thank you!"

Proud to be - Video interviews

To celebrate this year's 'Proud to Be' theme, we have recorded the below videos, each of which will focus on a member of staff from our Trust telling their short story of pride.

Lily Olumese, Medical Directorate Support Officer



Upcoming events

Monday 11 October - Free Equality Diversity and Inclusion event for all NHS Staff: “Black History Month Celebration"

On Monday 11 October, NHS staff are invited to a two hour long celebration to commemorate Black Hostory Month. The event will run from 2pm to 4pm and will see a variety of guest speakers address attendees on the day.

Black History Month 2021 marks 18 months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, as well as the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, which sparked a global amplification of the Black Lives Matter movement and the need for racial justice.  Stemming from Black History Month is Race Ahead, which coincides with the emergence of Integrated Care Systems as they are in the early stages of recruitment.

These senior system leaders have important roles to play in addressing racial inequity and closing the long-standing gaps in health inequalities. The event will be looking at the various themes that form Race Ahead from both a nursing and EDI perspective. The themes are:

  • identity and me, leadership 
  • health and wellbeing 
  • race equality.

The event is open to all NHS colleagues. To register Please visit the official event page.