Midlands Leadership Academy

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – Past Events

Lunch and Learn Session – Identity, history and how it relates to belonging within the NHS

This session focuses on personal history and its impact on your perception of your own identity and how learning about our colleagues can influence their sense of belonging in a team. During the session we hear from Zarah Mowhabuth about her research into her own personal history, what she uncovered and what that has allowed her to understand within her career in the NHS. We also hear from Rosie Redstone about her experience with dyslexia and similarly how things she has learnt and discovered has impacted on her work in the NHS.

Lunch and Learn Session – What is the menopause and what can I expect?

This session explains why awareness of the menopause is important for all of us and how it has a significant impact on our wellbeing. We explore what the menopause is, when we should expect it and why, and how we can learn to maximise our wellbeing and even thrive through this process of change.

Across the Health and Social care sectors, nearly 80% of jobs are held by women* and of this group, women outnumber men in 40-49 and 50-59 age groups in all regions; nearly 50% of the working population are women between 45 and 64 years old. Menopause therefore has the potential to create a significant impact on our workforce, both in terms of staff retention and our physical and mental wellbeing.

Reasons to support menopause awareness in the workplace

  • Women are balancing this time of change with family caring commitments, both for growing children and in some cases elderly parents
  • Women are working well into their 50s and 60s and beyond with the number of older women in the workforce is expected to rise. Some will experience severe symptoms for several years without a clear end date
  • Women typically experience menopause and peri-menopause when they have a number of years of experience in their role; they have a lot of knowledge and experience to share
  • Without workplace adjustments the organisation could lose numbers of valuable, experienced staff who are expensive and difficult to replace

This session is presented by Jacqui McBurnie who is the Chair of the NHS England and NHS Improvement Menopause Network.

Where do we go with race equality Now in 2021?

COVID-19 and its impact on BAME communities has been unprecedented.  March 2021 saw the publication by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities of a report investigating race and ethnic disparities in the UK.

In this event speakers and attendees discuss how we can work together to use this opportunity to build a more equal and fair society in which diverse workforces and inclusive workplaces are the norm.

JS Associates were asked to bring together partners from the NHS and the Fire and Policy Services.  This event was a true collaboration between diverse sectors keen to share knowledge and to learn and make progress on race quality.  Speakers from the NHS, the Fire & Rescue Service, Police, Ambulance and local government shared their insights and their hopes for the future.

The first half of the event looked at where major organisations in the UK are in respect of race equality and the second half looked at what evidence-based solutions there are to help make a real difference.