Black History Month is a nationwide celebration of Black History, Arts and Culture throughout the UK. In the NHS, 6.1 per cent of staff identify as being of black ethnicity. Black History Month has been recognised for many years with a month-long programme of inspirational events and workshops – honouring the achievements, culture, and rich history of black people.
This year, the restrictions placed by the impact of COVID-19 has meant many organisations will not be holding face-to-face events, but instead will be finding more innovative ways to mark the occasion with virtual meet-ups and online events.
Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin STP will be raising awareness of key individuals who have had an impact on health and social care in the UK and will be hosting a virtual event for staff later in the month. For further information about the month please visit www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk to find out more.
Key facts, figures and information about the NHS workforce
- 6.1 per cent of staff in the NHS identify as being from a black background
- 4.6 per cent of the medical workforce and 6.3 per cent of the non-medical workforce in the NHS are from a black background
- 1.2 per cent of very senior managers working in the NHS are black
- 3.5 per cent of senior managers (bands 8a-9) and 6.7 per cent (bands 5-7) identify as black
- 3.5 per cent of senior doctors, 6.2 per cent of junior doctors and 2.06 per cent of other doctors are from black backgrounds
* Figures taken from the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard Report 2019
What we’re doing as part of Black History Month
To celebrate Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin STP are hosting a virtual Black History Month event on Thursday, 15th October at 6.30pm
- Dr Emezie Okorocha a Junior Fellow doctor and co-founder of the National charitable organisation, African Caribbean Medical Association (ACMA) UK and the founder of ACMA Southern Doctors Network
- Mrs Hannah Adjepong who was born in Krenkuase, a small village in Ghana and has worked in this country as a nurse and midwife for over 20 years, and is also a prolific writer with many published work
- Patrick Vernon OBE who is a Clore and Winston Churchill Fellow, a fellow at the Imperial War Museum, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a former associate fellow for the Department of the History of Medicine at Warwick University.