Black History Month 2021

We’re celebrating Black History Month this October.

Sussex health and care organisations have curated a series of events, recognition and gratitude, articles and a collection of stories from BAME voices to bring our communities together.

Black History Month is an opportunity for all our Sussex health and care staff to be part of the national celebrations and events to honour the too-often unheralded accomplishments of Black Britons in every area of endeavour throughout our history.

The 2021 campaign for Black History Month invites Black and Brown people to share what they are Proud To Be.

Black History Month 2020

Claire Scott Sussex NHS Commissioners Project Manager for BAME Disparities, said:

Black History Month 2021 is an important milestone in our ongoing work to challenge racism, inequality and injustice across the health and care sector and beyond.

The past year has been an incredibly challenging time for many BAME people. As well as looking back over this time at our achievements and challenges as well as recognising how far we still have to go, we plan to use Black History Month 2021 to focus on celebrating being Black or Brown, and to inspire and share the pride people have in their heritage and culture – in their own way, in their own words.

Everyone deserves the right to be Proud To Be everything they are and want to be in life.

 

Proud To Be Gratitude Awards for Sussex Black History Month 2021

The ‘Proud To Be’ Gratitude Awards for Sussex Black History Month 2021 recognise health and care staff who have made a difference in our ongoing work to challenge racism, inequality and injustice across the Sussex health and care sector and beyond.

The winners were announced at the Sussex Black History Month Highlight webinar – Reaching New Heights on 19 October 2021.

We are proud to be shortlisted for two NHS Race Equality Awards

Sussex Health and Care Partnership has also been shortlisted for two NHS Race Equality Awards, which recognise initiatives that either identify and tackle ethnic health inequalities for patients and communities or promote race equality and inclusion.

Sussex Black History Month events, for health and care staff

Sussex Health and Care Partnership teams have come together for Black History Month 2021 this year to schedule an inspiring and thought-provoking series of events to bring our communities together.

All events are open to all staff working for any organisation in the Sussex Health and Care Partnership (SHCP) staff only. Book your place now to secure a space. More events are being added daily.

Friday 1 October 2021

Webinar (14.00pm-15.00pm): United for Inclusion: being anti-racist

We begin Black History Month with United for Inclusion: Being Anti-racist  From conversation to action webinar.

Being Anti-racist takes courage and action. It is about visibly challenging discrimination and engaging in conversations that will lead to action and change. This webinar will focus on how to move your antiracist efforts from conversation to action. With a focus on the workspace, we will look at what Anti-racism looks, sounds and feels like in practice, and explore actions that organisations and individuals can take to become antiracist.

We will explore:

• Creating safe spaces: what it takes to create a safe space where conversations and action can happen.

• Addressing language and understanding microaggressions – understanding what race-related microaggressions are and how they have an impact on individuals and culture. We will explore practical ways to challenge microaggressions.

• Unconscious bias: examples of how biases create barriers for ethnic minority groups at work, and what can be done at individual and team level to help mitigate these.

• Anti-racist allyship: understanding individual

This event has now ended

Monday 4 October 2021

Webinar (12.00pm-13.00pm): NHS Race and Health Observatory – If it’s not inclusive it’s not compassionate

This session will focus on Professor Michael West’s new book ‘Compassionate Leadership’. A panel will also discuss the principles of compassionate leadership.

This event has now ended

Tuesday 5 October 2021

An afternoon with Momma Cherri – Proud to Be 

Hosted by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust BAME Staff Network. As part of our Black History Month celebrations, the BAME staff network invite all colleagues to attend a MS Teams interactive webinar with Momma Cherri.

Charita Jones has come a long way since leaving her hometown back in the States. She hails from a small suburban just outside of Philadelphia in the northern state of Pennsylvania. Born in the mid  0’s, she had to overcome racial discrimination and become a fighter from an early age.
In 2005 her restaurant was featured on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. Together with the help from Ramsay, Momma Cherri’s became an overnight household name. Her success has been
well documented but so have her failures. Through it all she has maintained her dignity and kept her head high. Through it all she has fought to place American soul food on the international food map by working with the public, local schools, community centres, young people, prisons, churches
and by opening her doors to offer more than food but an education into what Soul food is really about.

This event has now ended

Wednesday 6 October 2021

Webinar (13:30 – 14:00pm): What it is and why we celebrate Black History Month

People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a fundamental part of British history for centuries. However, campaigners believe their value and contribution to society is often overlooked, ignored or distorted. Most schools still teach a history curriculum which focuses on traditional events and the achievements of white figures. Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. More recently, greater attention has been paid to the importance of the Windrush generation and the Black Lives Matter movement, especially since the death of George Floyd in May 2020. Speakers will explore:

Speakers:

  • Nicky Cambridge – Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Sussex NHS Commissioners)
  • Tanya Brown-Griffith – Programme Director, Population Health, Personalised Care and Prevention Programmes, Sussex Health and Care Partnership (SHCP)

Book your place now

Webinar (14:00 – 14:30pm): What does BHM mean to BAME allies?

Speakers

Paul Deemer – Head of Diversity and Inclusion (NHS Employers)

Bio: Paul has been a HR professional for over 30 years. He has worked in local government, the voluntary sector and the health service – with particular experience in the fields of recruitment, employee relations, employment law and diversity. When working for Barnardo’s he took on the role of national equality and diversity manager. After a short spell as a HR lead in an NHS trust, he was seconded into the Department of Health and Social Care’s Equality and Diversity Team to help them develop the first national strategy in this area.

Paul currently works for NHS Employers – which represents and supports NHS trusts across England – and is helping NHS organisations to embed diversity and inclusion good practice across the NHS. He also works on various diversity working groups and initiatives – with bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Linguists and the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative – and writes frequently about all aspects of diversity through various social media channels.

Paul was honoured to be named in the 2020 People Management Diversity Power List

Akeela Ahmed MBE – Lay Member for Patient & Public Involvement (Sussex NHS Commissioners)

Bio: Akeela is a business leader, social entrepreneur, and government advisor specialising in equalities campaigning. She has over fifteen years’ experience of supporting vulnerable individuals with complex social and mental health difficulties, providing high intensity support services to young and homeless people from diverse backgrounds, including refugees, asylum seekers, ex-offenders and Black and Asian ethnic minority groups. Since 2012, she has been a Ministerial-appointed UK Government advisor, sitting on the Cross-Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred based at the UK Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. She became chair of the group in 2016. In 2014 she was appointed to the Government’s Office for the Children’s Commissioner advisory panel on the Child Sex Abuse in the Family Environment Inquiry.

As an entrepreneur in the social housing sector, she set up a Brighton-based community interest company, a social enterprise for homeless people with mental health difficulties. Previously, she was Chief Executive of the Muslim Youth Helpline for three years. She has advised the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), the Faith Inquiry project run by the leading think-tank Demos, The Prince’s Trust Mosaic’s Ex-Offender Programme, the production team for the national primetime UK television drama EastEnders, as well as various other civil society networks and government departments. She holds an MSc in Mental Health Studies from the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London, and is a regular contributor to national and international media, appearing on BBC News, BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Today’ programme, BBC London, BBC Asian Network, Sky News, Channel 5 News, the Guardian, Telegraph, and the Independent, amongst others.

In 2014, Akeela founded ‘She Speaks We Hear’, an online platform bringing women’s voices together, unaltered and unadulterated.

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​Friday 8 October 2021

Sussex Allied Health Professionals (AHP) virtual conference – Race Equality breakout session entitled Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – What more we can do in Sussex to improve race equality for AHPs?’ (13.40 to 14.40pm)

With Claire Scott, Sussex NHS Commissioners Project Manager for Population Health, Prevention and Personalised Care and BAME Disparities and Shareen Pavaday, Senior Policy and Evidence Lead for Equality & Inclusion at NHS Improvement.

More information 

Monday 11 October 2021

BME Leadership Network Webinar: (16.00 – 17:30pm) In Conversation

Chaired by Ifti Majid, chief executive of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to look at the upcoming leadership challenges and opportunities for senior leaders. (Network members only)

Book your place now (network members only)

Cultural Food Week 11 – 15 October – Conquest Hospital Staff Restaurant, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Tuesday 12 October

Webinar (10.00 – 11.00am) – East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Workforce Race Equality Standard – Action Plan 2021/22

MS Team invite email: esht.workforceinclusion@nhs.net (for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust staff only)

Wednesday 13 October 2021

Webinar: (13:30 – 14:00pm) My journey as a Black person within the NHS

Speakers

Lola Banjoko – Executive Managing Director at NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group

Lola Banjoko started her career as a dentist, working in a number of oral and maxillofacial surgery departments in England and Scotland and obtained the Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons for England. She has an MSc in Health Services Management and has over sixteen years of management experience working in senior roles at central London teaching hospitals, CCG and at regional level. Lola is responsible for performance reporting, performance assurance, planning, risk management, and informatics.

Cassandra Blowers – Workforce Equality & Diversity Lead | Human Resources (East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust)

Before joining the NHS in September 2009, Cassandra worked in the criminal justice system and at various international development platforms to address health inequalities and poverty reduction. She has also been an executive panel member for the Brighton and Hove Racial Harassment Forum, working towards reducing racial and religiously motivated hate crimes in the city. Cassandra is passionate about her work and enjoys working with teams and individuals to improve and develop services to become ‘outstanding’ in care by using Quality Improvement methodologies ensuring sustainable outcomes are achieved.
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Movie screening (17:00 – 18:30pm)  – Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess – a film by Roy T. Anderson  

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, is a one-hour documentary-film on one of the most celebrated, but least recognized heroines in the resistance history of the New World. This is the story of the incredible resistance movement of the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable 18th century military genius, Queen Nanny – National Hero of Jamaica. From her mountain stronghold at the source of the Stony River in the majestic Blue Mountains, she directed the warfare that effectively neutralized the mighty British Army.

The movie documents the struggle for freedom by the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable military genius, ‘Grandy’ Nanny. A spiritual leader, skilled in the use of herbs and ‘guerrilla warfare’ tactics, from her mountain stronghold at the source of the Stony River in the Blue Mountains, she directed the warfare that effectively neutralized the vaunted British firepower. She was a queen captured in her homeland, and forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean in the belly of a slave ship. In the New World, she would eventually rise up to become the leader of a new nation – of free Africans. However, not many people outside of Jamaica know of the legendary ‘Nanny’, warrior chieftainess of the Jamaican Maroons.

About the middle of the 18th century, runaway enslaved Africans in the Americas and the Caribbean were generally referred to as Cimarrones or Maroons. In Jamaica, this group waged an 80-year military campaign that resulted in the defeat of the formidable British army. As a result, two peace treaties were signed in 1738/39 granting the Maroons territorial sovereignty in their remote mountainous strongholds, including what is now the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. Shot in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, and the United States over the course of two years, the film features interviews and conversations with world-renowned scholars and present-day Maroons. We also engage a select group of women, to explore Queen Nanny’s impact on their lives, and how she has influenced them in their own pioneering work.

Queen Nanny is the only female among Jamaica’s seven national heroes. Nanny symbolizes the pride of today’s Caribbean women. Her likeness appears on the country’s $500 bill.

Book your free ticket now

Tuesday 19 October 2021

Black History Month Highlight webinar with Momma Cherri – Reaching New Heights 2021 (11-12:30pm)

Save the date for one of our key events this Black History Month. You are invited to join us to hear a diverse collection of speakers share their experiences of why we celebrate black history month and why it is important for the long term; what does this year’s theme “Proud to be” really mean? And the contributions BAME communities have made, and continue to make, to the medical field.

Hosted by Momma Cherri, Brighton chef restaurateur, You Tube star and particiapant on Gordon Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares.

Contact us for joining information – open to all Sussex health and care staff

Wednesday 20 October 2021

Webinar (10.00am-13.00pm): Race Equality – how do we facilitate change?

Panel discussion co-hosted by Dr Rick Fraser Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Chief Medical Officer, and Jacqueline Clarke-Mapp Carer Leader at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, with guest Dr Eden Charles, who is recognised as a thought leader in the area of Organisational Development and Leadership Development as it impacts strategy generally and equality, diversity and inclusion in particular.

Register for webinar

Webinar (13:30 – 14:30pm): Race in the workplace – Beyond the snowy white peaks of the NHS

The National Health Service (NHS) is the largest employer of black and minority ethnic people, yet research shows the NHS treat black and minority ethnic staff less favourably in their recruitment, promotion, discipline and career progression. In the wake of the Macpherson Inquiry (1998), the NHS launched the Race Equality Action Plan to address the absence of black and minority ethnic staff from senior positions. Research a decade later shows little progress, notwithstanding research demonstrating a powerful business case linking workforce race discrimination to patient experience. In 2015, a new initiative commenced, the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES), which holds a mandatory element with measurable benchmarked outcomes. The WRES metrics focus on workforce, staff experience, and board composition.

Speaker:

Roger Kline – Director, Workforce Race Equality Standard Research and Engagement, Middlesex University Business School

Roger Kline is Research Fellow at Middlesex University Business School, has previously worked for eight trade unions at senior level and played a significant role in developing the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard. He has produced a large body of research on equality including the recent “The Snowy White Peaks of the NHS” (2014) and is an unpaid director of Patients First.  He presented comprehensive evidence with Dr Kim Holt to the 2015 Francis Speak Out Review on bullying in the NHS and the treatment of black and minority ethnic whistle-blowers.

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BME Leadership Network Webinar: Inaugural Lecture (13.00 pm – 14:15pm)

Professor Dame Donna Kinnair DBE will share insights on what’s happening in the NHS, discuss overcoming obstacles and making positive change happen.

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Thursday 21 October 2021

Webinar (16.30-17.30pm): Black British History – past, present and future.

Discussion with Professor David Olusoga OBE, British historian, writer, broadcaster, presenter and film-maker, co-hosted by Sam Allen Chief Executive, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Jacqueline Clarke-Mapp Carer Leader at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Booking information to follow

Sunday 24 October 2021

Webinar (15.00 – 15.45pm): Albion in the Community (AITC) online breast cancer awareness event, with a specific focus on how the disease affects black women.

During the seminar, we will explain the signs to look out for, show women how to do regular self-breast checks, as well as encourage attendance at NHS screening appointments. The webinar is part of the charity’s Speak Up Against Cancer campaign, which is funded by NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and Brighton and Hove City Council Public Health and aims to tackle local early detection rates. Uzoamaka Nkwonta, a mammographer from the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, will be taking part in the event offering her specialist insight alongside staff from AITC.

Find out more and/or sign up to the event

Monday 25 October 2021

Cultural Food Week 25 – 29 October – Eastbourne District Hospital Staff Restaurant, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Tuesday 26 October 2021

BME leadership network webinar (12.00pm – 13:30pm): Looking back to look forward

Chaired by Danielle Oum, members will learn about the history and nature of the anti-racist struggle in the UK and the lessons learned. (Network members only.)

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Wednesday 27 October 2021

Webinar (13:00 – 13:30pm): Next step – Sussex NHS Commissioners’ WRES Improvement Plan 2021/2022 (Implementation of the five key priorities for 2021/2022)

Our Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Improvement Plan has been developed with our staff and agreed with the Executive Management Team and Joint Staff Committee. The Improvement Plan is informed by the actions identified within the ICS’s established Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) disparity reduction programme, and by national best practice, but will remain flexible in response to the evaluation of its implementation and impact. The principal actions outlined in the Improvement Plan will be led by the People Directorate, in partnership with our BAME Staff Network, our Joint Staff Committee, and the Sussex BAME Workforce Sub-Group

Speakers

  • Mark Power – Interim Chief People Officer, Sussex NHS Commissioners
  • Nicky Cambridge – Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Sussex NHS Commissioners
  • Adam Doyle – CEO, Sussex NHS Commissioners

Book your place now (for Sussex NHS Commissioners staff only)

Pre-recorded events you can watch back later

Race Equality Guidance for Schools:

To mark the launch of the East Sussex County Council Race Equality Guidance for Schools. this webinar focussed on identity and belonging, curriculum resources and supporting BAME staff.

Identity and me

Take a moment to listen to our colleagues from across the South East exploring the theme of identity and me as part of Black history month 2021.

Black History Month poem: Looking at the world through Black-tinted spectacles

LIsten to this poem by Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion (NHS Employers), for Black Histroy Month

Movie screening – Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess – a film by Roy T. Anderson

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, is a one-hour documentary-film on one of the most celebrated, but least recognized heroines in the resistance history of the New World. This is the story of the incredible resistance movement of the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable 18th century military genius, Queen Nanny – National Hero of Jamaica. From her mountain stronghold at the source of the Stony River in the majestic Blue Mountains, she directed the warfare that effectively neutralized the mighty British Army.

The movie documents the struggle for freedom by the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable military genius, ‘Grandy’ Nanny. A spiritual leader, skilled in the use of herbs and ‘guerrilla warfare’ tactics, from her mountain stronghold at the source of the Stony River in the Blue Mountains, she directed the warfare that effectively neutralized the vaunted British firepower. She was a queen captured in her homeland, and forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean in the belly of a slave ship. In the New World, she would eventually rise up to become the leader of a new nation – of free Africans. However, not many people outside of Jamaica know of the legendary ‘Nanny’, warrior chieftainess of the Jamaican Maroons.

About the middle of the 18th century, runaway enslaved Africans in the Americas and the Caribbean were generally referred to as Cimarrones or Maroons. In Jamaica, this group waged an 80-year military campaign that resulted in the defeat of the formidable British army. As a result, two peace treaties were signed in 1738/39 granting the Maroons territorial sovereignty in their remote mountainous strongholds, including what is now the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. Shot in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, and the United States over the course of two years, the film features interviews and conversations with world-renowned scholars and present-day Maroons. We also engage a select group of women, to explore Queen Nanny’s impact on their lives, and how she has influenced them in their own pioneering work.

Queen Nanny is the only female among Jamaica’s seven national heroes. Nanny symbolizes the pride of today’s Caribbean women. Her likeness appears on the country’s $500 bill.

Watch now

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