The Root Out Racism movement is a regional campaign that sets out to encourage people to better inform themselves on anti-racist behaviours and practices.
Following their review in 2020 into the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities and the disproportionate effect on ethnic minority communities and staff, in August 2021 West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership launched an anti-racism movement with their partners at West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit. The movement is part of an ongoing commitment to tackling structural and institutionalised racism.
Through educational resources, real-life images and stories, the Root Out Racism movement has set about encouraging people to better inform themselves on anti-racist behaviours and practices.
In the planning of this movement, over 100 ethnic minority colleagues from across the Partnership come forward to share their experiences of racism and help their colleagues and other organisations to take action. Visit West Yorkshire and Harrogate's Root Out Racism campaign page to learn more and get involved.
In solidarity with the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and several other organisations througout the region, the Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust pledged its support to the campaign, standing alongside our colleagues to root out racism. Below are pledges made by colleagues at the Trust as we bid to do what we can to fight racism in our workplace and in our communities.
Our pledges - Board of directors
Chief Executive, Len Richards: I pledge my commitment to the root out racism movement. There is no place for racism at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Director of Nursing and Quality, David Melia: I pledge to work with others to make our workplace a better place to be.
Chief Operating Officer, Trudie Davies: I pledge to always speak up, always challenge and always respect.
Medical Director, Karen Stone: I pledge to value diversity, listen and learn as together we will work better.
Head of PMO, Mike Lewis: I pledge to act and show there is no place for racism at Mid Yorkshire.
Director of Estates, Facilities and Digital Services, Mark Braden: I pledge to listen more and challenge inapproriate behaviours.