Supporting BAME staff and communities during COVID-19

The devastating impact of COVID-19 on our Black, Asian and identified communities, our friends, our colleagues and family is widely known. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people are up to five times more likely to die from COVID-19. Sussex Health and Care Partnership (SHCP) decided to act decisively in May 2020 by starting a programme to understand why and what we could do about it and so, the COVID-19 BAME Disparity Response Programme was established.

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.

Black History Month

The programme team has grown and is now BAME led and BAME co-delivered. Black History Month was a great time to introduce the new faces and refreshed programme plans. The team wanted our BAME communities to come together in remembrance and to celebrate our hidden history. Black History Month helped us challenge the institutional racism that exists in the health and care system.

Supporting BAME staff and communities during COVID-19

We have been celebrating Black History Month with a range of activities.

Our Colourful Voices

A kaleidoscope of videos from our BAME staff talking about what Black History Month means to them or their hopes for tackling racial inequality. You can view our playlist of BHM videos further down this page.

Sussex BAME staff conference

On 15 October 2020 we hosted a Sussex-wide BAME staff conference, which included national and regional perspectives, data analysis and an update on the programme plans and the next steps. Staff were able to ask questions of our leaders on what they are personally doing. We also showed videos of young people interviewing our senior executives which can be found on our YouTube Black History Month playlist further down this page.

Community events

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

The next webinar is ‘Employment Opportunities and Promotion’ – Thursday 3 December 6-8pm

This interactive community webinar offers a rare opportunity to share your experiences of working life in Britain to address current issues concerning barriers to fair employment and progression. You will hear from a range of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds about the barriers they have faced, how they have overcome challenges, what they think should be done to make this fairer and what is happening now to make things change. Register here.

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 for more information.

Our latest Black History Month videos


Further information about our black history

Latest programme update

Read the latest update on our BAME Disparity programme.

Emerging evidence

Read the latest evidence relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by ethnic group (ONS)

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.