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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Visible Leaders Network Listening Event

The Visible Leaders Network (VLN) was originally set up by the East Midlands Leadership Academy as a place for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff within the NHS from Bands 4–8a to come together for peer support and to access leadership development opportunities to explore and enhance the skills needed for career progression.

Following on from previous VLN success, we’re looking to expand the network across the Midlands region during 2021-22 and beyond. To inform this important work, we would really welcome the views of VLN members from across the East and West Midlands in identifying priorities for the coming year in helping to shape future VLN support and development provision to ensure it is responsive to member needs.

This is an invitation only event for BAME VLN members. It is an opportunity to share what has worked well in the past, and in an ever-changing environment, what will work for you now and in the future in getting the very best out of your network membership.

This event is being facilitated by NHS Elect (www.nhselect.nhs.uk) who will help us in our discussions during the event and also help capture your reflections.

Who should attend?
BAME Visible Leaders Network members only (Bands 4-8a)

How is it run?
This is a 165 minute virtual event. A rest break will be included.
In order to participate your computer will need to have camera and sound functions so you can hear and speak during the webinar.
You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the webinar. The webinar may be recorded.

Please note:
We will send an email with details of the agenda and joining instructions for the event to all participants, prior to the date.
If you have any special requirements with regards to accessibility, either prior to, or during the event, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to assist.

Is there a cost?
No, this has been funded by the Midlands Leadership and Lifelong learning Team.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Visible Leaders Network Listening Event

The Visible Leaders Network (VLN) was originally set up by the East Midlands Leadership Academy as a place for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff within the NHS from Bands 4–8a to come together for peer support and to access leadership development opportunities to explore and enhance the skills needed for career progression.

Following on from previous VLN success, we’re looking to expand the network across the Midlands region during 2021-22 and beyond. To inform this important work, we would really welcome the views of VLN members from across the East and West Midlands in identifying priorities for the coming year in helping to shape future VLN support and development provision to ensure it is responsive to member needs.

This is an invitation only event for BAME VLN members. It is an opportunity to share what has worked well in the past, and in an ever-changing environment, what will work for you now and in the future in getting the very best out of your network membership.

This event is being facilitated by NHS Elect (www.nhselect.nhs.uk) who will help us in our discussions during the event and also help capture your reflections.

Who should attend?
BAME Visible Leaders Network members only (Bands 4-8a)

How is it run?
This is a 165 minute virtual event. A rest break will be included.
In order to participate your computer will need to have camera and sound functions so you can hear and speak during the webinar.
You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the webinar. The webinar may be recorded.

Please note:
We will send an email with details of the agenda and joining instructions for the event to all participants, prior to the date.
If you have any special requirements with regards to accessibility, either prior to, or during the event, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to assist.

Is there a cost?
No, this has been funded by the Midlands Leadership and Lifelong learning Team.

Lunch and Learn Session – Freedom to Speak Up Guardians

A chance to meet our Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in our Lunch and Learn session.   Come along and get to know who they are and what they do, with an opportunity to ask questions along the way about the valuable work they do for NHS staff across the Midlands region and what help they can provide.

 

 

Who should attend?

Anyone working within the NHS in the Midlands.

Please Note:-

If you need any special requirements with regards to accessibility, either during, or after the event, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to assist.

We will send an email with details of joining instructions for the day to all participants, prior to the date.

In order to participate you may need a webcam and a headset.

Your computer will need to have the sound function on so you can hear and speak at the webinar.

You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the webinar.

This webinar may be recorded.

Where do we go with race equality Now in 2021?

It is time for a serious conversation about race equality.  Join us for this online event!

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.

Join us to 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 has been asked to bring together partners from the NHS and the Fire and Policy Services.  This event is 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 will share their insights and their hopes for the future.

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

 

Please Note:-

If you need any special requirements with regards to accessibility, either during, or after the event, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to assist.

As the event is on a Friday we have allowed time in the afternoon for Muslim delegates to attend prayers.

We will send an email with details of joining instructions for the day to all participants, prior to the date.

In order to participate you may need a webcam and a headset.

Your computer will need to have the sound function on so you can hear and speak at the webinar.

You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the webinar.

This webinar may be recorded.

Religious Literacy, Chaplaincy & Culture: Elements of Multiplicity in The Workplace

As employers encounter new challenges involving expressions of religion, beliefs and culture in the workplace, new research shows that HR professionals and employees have vastly different perspectives about what it means to practice one’s faith at work.

This workshop will look at how organisations can promote an understanding of faith in the workplace that goes beyond just polices and by developing an appropriate culture. It will specifically address the key role of HR, learning development specialists, line managers and chaplains among others who have a key role to support staff.

We know that when staff practice their religion or express their beliefs at work, it can positively impact workplace interactions, employee engagement and team performance. In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Appreciate different religions and cultures
  • given religion’s huge diversity have a  ‘basic’ knowledge to support staff
  • Develop an agreed definition of religious literacy
  • Share good practice from others
  • Understand how you can use your role to promote the importance of faith and at work
  • Understand the importance of faith in health and well being context of employees
  • Learn to sensitively approach the diversity of religion and beliefs already at large in the workplace
  • Help to develop inclusive leaders with religious literacy

Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in creating an inclusive workplace, including employers; HR managers/officers; equality leads, staff networks chair and members, wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads and representative groups in the Midlands.

Cost: FREE

Making Staff Networks work for Me, My Team and My Organisation!

Let’s talk belonging, voice & influencing change.

As you know ‘We are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21 – action for us all’ was published in July 2020 and sets out practical actions that employers and systems will take and focus on:

  • Looking after our people – with quality health and wellbeing support for everyone.
  • Belonging in the NHS – with a particular focus on the discrimination that some staff face.
  • New ways of working – capturing innovation, much of it led by our NHS people. 
  • Growing for the future – how we recruit, train, and keep our people, and welcome back colleagues who want to return.

The pivotal role that staff networks play during the COVID19 pandemic and the potential it has to continue to play in driving the NHS Plan forward cannot be underestimated. It will involve creativity and development across a myriad of different and difficult areas, such as recruitment and retention; creating and embedding a compassionate, safe, and inclusive culture; and driving the development of a more agile, adaptive, and flexible workforce that uses new ways of working across teams and different organisations supported by technology.

Therefore, to enhance the staff experience employers must make effective use of staff networks to benefit from their employees’ full potential.

This workshop will supply you with the latest tools and strategies needed to reap the benefits of a highly motivated and functioning staff network.

Who should attend? Anyone with an interest in creating an inclusive workplace, including employers; HR managers/officers; equality leads, staff networks chair and members, wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads and representative groups in the Midlands.

Is there a cost?

No, this has been funded by Midlands Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team.

Celebrate Black History Month

 Join us for our 2020 Black History Month event to celebrate, empower and embrace the talents of the black, Asian and minority ethnic workforce in health and social care across the Midlands Regions

Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration of the contribution that Black African and Caribbean communities have made both locally and across the world.  People of African and African-Caribbean heritage make an invaluable contribution to our life in the UK.

The NHS is the biggest employer of people from a BAME background in Europe; with one-in-five of the workforce are from a BAME background. The significant contribution of Black British people in communities right across the UK in our NHS and schools, small business, arts, academia, sports, volunteering help make Britain to be the strong and diverse country we are today

This year we will be marking Black History Month with a number of events both internally and externally.

Black History Month (BHM) was launched in the UK on 1 October 1987 following a campaign by Akyaaba Addai Sebo who worked for Greater London Council (GLC) at the time. The GLC selected October as Black History Month to coincide with Marcus Garvey celebrations and the London Jubilee.

Black History Month recognises, rewards and celebrates the contribution made to our society over many years by the African and Caribbean communities. During Black History Month we remember and celebrate the important people from the past and also those who contribute and to and help our society today.

The origins of Black History Month go back to 1926 when Carter G Woodson, editor of the journal of Black History, established African Caribbean celebrations in the USA. Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who influenced the lives and social conditions of African Americans: former president, Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. 

Who can attend the programme?

Any who works in the Midland

Is there a cost to participates in the programme?

No, the programme is fully funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Locations

Virtual session Microsoft team