Supporting BAME staff and communities during COVID-19

Enabling our diverse communities and workforce to thrive through partnership delivery of racial and health equality across Sussex.

In May 2020 the Sussex Health and Care Partnership (SHCP) established The Sussex Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Disparity Programme in response to the evidence emerging from the Office for National Statistics around the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. Initially, the programme focussed on safeguarding staff, patients and communities across Sussex.

Over the summer, further Government reports and COVID-19 data and local intelligence highlighted long standing health inequalities and racial injustice. SHCP therefore expanded the programme and recruited a new programme team to work on addressing some key priority areas. The programme team is examining all the factors which have an impact on health outcomes, experience and wellbeing for people from ethnically diverse backgrounds including structural, institutional and interpersonal racism.  We are engaging with our leadership teams, our health and care workforce and our communities across the three areas of the programme:

  • Workforce – Thriving Staff
  • Population – Thriving Communities
  • Inclusive Communications and Engagement

The programme is aligned to the Sussex Integrated Care System People Committee and the Population Health and Prevention Programmes and reports through the newly established Turning the Tide Transformation Oversight Board.  The programme is accountable to the SHCP Executive Partnership Board, Sussex Chairs Forum and regional and national bodies.  The team is progressing actions that are measurable and long lasting which can be delivered in communities, organisations and across the health and care system.

Use the links on the right hand side of this page to find out more about the programme.

Turning the Tide

The NHS England South East report called ‘Turning the Tide’ has directly informed our plans to address longstanding racial disparity across Sussex. The new plan, produced with the help of community members, our workforce and clinical leads will be shared soon. We are also setting up a Sussex Turning the Tide Oversight Board.

Community events

We are hosting a series of Community Webinars with Diversity Resource International for members of the public.

The next webinar is ‘access to mental health and wellbeing’ on Wednesday 13 January 2021.

Check back here for more information on future webinars. Dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday 13 January 2021 – access to mental health and wellbeing
  • Thursday 25 February 2021 – Black Lives Matter in education

Email community@driorg.com for more information.

Latest programme update

Read the latest update on our BAME Disparity programme.

Letter sent from SHCP Executive Team

Read a letter from the SHCP Executive Team about our response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME people in Sussex

Have your say

In order to make a positive impact on our communities, we need to understand your experiences of health care services within the last two years, how the pandemic has affected you and your household, and consider best ways to support you and your community as we learn to live with Covid-19.

Visit our dedicated engagement site to share your experiences.

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