Statement in support of our BAME communities and workforce

On behalf of Adam Doyle and Lola Banjoko, co-chairs for the Sussex Health and Care Partnership Turning the Tide programme and Tanya Brown-Griffith, Programme Director for Population Health, Personalised Care and Prevention

We are aware that since the England vs Italy match on Sunday that there has been a rapid and widespread outburst of extreme racist behaviours – verbally on social media platforms, as well as some graffiti of  black pictures/artistic sites. This behaviour is abhorrent and goes against the values of the SHCP and we strongly condemn these actions which have wider impact on our BAME communities and workforce.

We want to let our staff know that we recognise that many of you have been emotionally and psychologically affected by these acts of racism and may need to access support and compassion at this time. We would encourage staff impacted to utilise all the support available such as having a conversation with a colleague/peer, linking in with the BAME Network, accessing Employee assistance and Staff in Mind services or would encourage you to suggest to us what other supportive mechanism we can put in place. We know that many of our organisations have already begun offering support to staff including asking line managers to notice and make sure individuals are given the personal support they need.

We also want to recognise that many of our communities are similarly impacted and this is the opportunity for us all to offer support in many different forms as we deliver our health and care services.

Let us use this awful situation as a reminder that we have a long way to go towards racial justice and we should continue to honour our commitment to make progress on reducing racial inequalities across our workforce and health inequalities in our population which we know has an impact on health outcomes.