HEE celebrates Black History Month

October is Black History Month, an annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the UK. Black History Month means different things to everyone and pride for this month is expressed in a variety of different ways. 

One of the ways HEE is marking this is through this special issue of HEE Matters, where we profile our Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff networks and colleagues as well as guest speakers invited to staff events to share their achievements.  

According to HEE’s Workforce Race Equality Standard 2018 data, 83 per cent of BAME colleagues believe equal opportunities for development and promotion exist. Developing and retaining colleagues can bring many advantages to your team’s performance. So please take a few minutes to read this issue of HEE Matters and reflect on the role we all have as individuals to help create an environment where BAME colleagues feel supported, are able to work without prejudice and discrimination and can be their authentic selves at work.

Line managers should also:

  • allow time for staff to attend lunch and learn sessions and staff network group meetings. These sessions provide opportunities for colleagues to network with other departments and understand where and if there are training or development opportunities 
  • recognise the importance of communication. Holding regular one-to-one meetings with members of your team will ensure support from line managers is ongoing. 

New BAME networks seek to promote inclusive workforce 


The regional BAME London network supports fellow colleagues of all ethnicities and nationalities and promotes diversity and inclusion across the organisation.

Newly launched, the network plans to hold regular events and opportunities to meet with fellow colleagues across the organisation.

Details of this month's events are available on HEE Connect

Sam Chowdhury, Chair of BAME London, said "We’re really excited to launch BAME London and we invite all of our colleagues in London to join the network and be a part of the conversation for a more inclusive workforce. Our events this month are diverse and include guest speakers, a film screening and a session on Intersectionality in the workplace.”

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Midlands and East


The Midlands and East BAME network is delighted to be supporting Black History Month. Since May the group has been working to create a more inclusive environment for all colleagues, as well as a safe place for BAME colleagues to have open and honest conversations. The network is holding an event on 22 November (at Westbridge Place, Leicester) which aims to explore different cultures and how we can support each other for system change and create a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Reena Masuria and Ella Webster are Joint Chairs of the Midlands and East BAME network. Ella said: “We’re really pleased with our progress so far. We have been invited to several regional meetings such as the AHEAD group, Senior Management Team and Organisational Development group meetings. We’ve also encouraged our region to create more diverse interview panels. We’re really proud of every member in the network; they have been a catalyst for these positive outcomes to date.”

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Read this blog about the future of race in the NHS - Adebusuyi Adeyemi, a member of the Executive Committee of the NHS BME Network looks at the need for diversity in the workplace.