HEE celebrates Black History Month - October 2019

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.”

If you would like to attend our sessions or be involved with BAME London, please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.”

If you would like more information about the event or to join the network please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

HEE Population Health and Prevention Programme - Awarded Contracts enclosed

The HEE Population Health and Prevention Programme recently ran a competitive process to identify innovative work to upskill the maternity and primary care workforces in the area of public mental health.

We awarded two contracts to South London and Maudsley NHS FT and you can find the description of their projects below:

Mental Health Promotion Training in Primary Care and Community Pharmacy

This project seeks to develop a training programme of complementary resources for mental health promotion skills for primary care and community pharmacy workforces, and subsequently deliver the training resources to meet learners’ needs through simulation training, a face-to-face masterclass, and digital resources. Evaluations will support development of ‘proof of concept’ for this training programme and enable useful conclusions and learning to be drawn, while the digital resources and training programme outline will be disseminated widely. Stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications, and needs analysis activities will support the delivery of this project, which will directly deliver training resources to more than 50 primary care and pharmacy staff via a masterclass and simulation training course.

Mental Health Promotion Training in the Maternity Workforce

This project seeks to develop a practical competency framework for mental health promotion skills for maternity workforces, and subsequently design and pilot a stepped training programme to meet the needs of learners through simulation training, face to face masterclasses, and digital tools. Stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications, and needs analysis activities will support the delivery of this project, which will deliver a competency framework and digital resources that can be accessed by many professionals, as well as a masterclass and simulation training course to be accessed by approximately 60 maternity staff.

For further information please contact Chris Attoe, Research and Development Lead at Maudsley Learning on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Groundbreaking new platform launched to support mental health - Every Mind Matters

PHE and the NHS launch Every Mind Matters to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.

Every Mind Matters shows people the simple steps they can take to be better prepared for life’s ups and downs. The new platform, which has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RGCP), will enable people to create a personalised action plan recommending a set of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel in control.

This new resource is available for the public and for GPs to advise their patients to use.  The NHS will also promote Every Mind Matters to its one-million plus workforce.”

Find out more on the

Government information page.

Your Path in Research - NIHR campaign

We would like to draw your attention to the following new campaign launched by NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) to encourage more healthcare professionals to get involved in research.  Please share this information with colleagues as appropriate.

A new campaign to encourage more healthcare professionals to get involved in research was launched on 4th October.

Coinciding with the birthday of James Lind, a pioneer of clinical trials in the 1700s, Your Path in Research showcases a range of ways healthcare professionals can learn more about the research happening around them every day, as well as how they can take their first or next step in a research career with the NIHR.”

Find out more on the NIHR information page.

Application Deadline - Friday 25th October 2019 - Expression of Interest for Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health - January 2020

Closing date for expressions of interest for ‘Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health’ is Friday 25th October 2019, for details on how to submit an expression of interest please see below:-

Dear Colleague,

Re: Training funding opportunity

Building on the ‘The NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (FYFVfMH)’ and ‘Stepping Forward to 2020/2021, The Mental Health Workforce Plan for England’, Health Education England in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust are offering funding packages to NHS and NHS Commissioned Providers of Mental Health services interested in transforming their workforce through the role of a ‘Trainee Assistant Practitioner'.

Read more ...

University of Bolton - applications welcome for their PGDip Course commencing Jan 2020

The Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies team at the University of Bolton are currently welcoming applications for their Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Course in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies commencing in January 2020.

Read more ...

IAPT Forum - Temmi Roberts Poster presentation information

Dear colleagues, 

In case you didn't get a chance to talk to our poster presenter Temmi Roberts at the IAPT Forum 2019, you can access the digital poster here. 

It outlines the work from Roberts T, Holland EJ, Patel K, Lightbody E on behalf of the ADOPTS study team Stroke Research Team, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK on 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapy For Stoke Survivors (IAPT For Stroke)'.

PHE: Behavioural Insight funding available

Dear Colleagues

The Local Government Association are inviting councils to apply for £20,000 grants to contribute towards the delivery of behavioural insights projects. We already see great examples of behavioural insights being used across the country to improve outcomes for local people, encouraging them to make better choices for themselves. PHE’s behavioural science lead Tim Chadborn is offering support to local government colleagues who are applying and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can learn more about the grants here and the deadline for applications is 1 November

For those of you not already registered to the PHE Friday message, you can do so by registering here:

Launch of the IAPT BAME Positive Practice Guide

BABCP are delighted to announce the launch of the long-awaited updated IAPT Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Service User Positive Practice Guide.

Thanks to the efforts of Andrew Beck, Saiqa Naz, Michelle Brooks and Maja Jankowska, this updated version of the guide has been compiled by both IAPT clinicians and service users.

BABCP President Paul Salkovskis said: "I welcome this guide as pointing to the way forward in terms of how to shape IAPT services, the therapy they deliver, the workforce it recruits and nurtures and the communities which it seeks to involve and serve. 

"The BABCP is proud to endorse this fantastic piece of work, and will actively seek to promote its objectives."

Register your place for the 2019 North West PPN Annual Conference - A Digital Future for the Psychological Professions: Implementing the TOPOL Review

The North West Psychological Professions Network (PPN) are delighted to announce the 2019 PPN Annual Conference will focus on the implications and opportunities for the psychological professions working within the NHS as it sets out its vision to prepare the workforce to deliver the digital future.

The Topol Review (HEE, 2019) highlights that the NHS finds itself at a unique point in the history of healthcare, with the convergence of new technologies, advances in genomics, developments in biosensors, the electronic patient record and smartphone apps, enabled by artificial intelligence within a digital infrastructure, creates the capacity of healthcare on to deliver personalised care in a far more rational, efficient and tailored basis.

Building a Digital Ready Workforce (BDR) is a national programme being led by HEE that aims to build a workforce that has the understanding and skills to use data, information, knowledge and technology to transform the way they offer health and care services.

To find out more, click here: