Midlands Leadership Academy

10 Things I have learnt about EDI in my Career by Amber Sorrell

Join us as EDI expert, Amber Sorrell, outlines her career journey and what she has learnt about diversity and inclusion along the way.

From joining the Civil Service and training to be a detective, to experiencing bias in the workplace due to her mental health, to creating inclusive environments for everyone while she managed LGBT healthcare policy to finally managing D&I and Wellbeing for DHSC during the pandemic – Amber covers her career journey, what led her into this area and the key lessons she has learnt with humour.  She gives key hints and tips that everyone can take forward to help embed a more inclusive working environment, wherever they are.

Who should attend?

Anyone within the NHS.  Equality, diversity and inclusion is about people and is important to all of us.  By raising awareness, it promotes greater understanding and empathy and defines us and our values.

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.

Please also note that there will be a short evaluation form for you to complete at the end of the session – it is so important to us to get your feedback on each intervention we produce.  We want to ensure we continue to meet the needs and demands of the NHS.

Empowering Women and the menopause

“Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”

 

Going through the menopause can affect predominantly women at all ages and have devastating effects on their physical, mental, and emotional health.  In this one-hour session from 12.30 to 13.30 firstly we look at the basic understanding of what menopause and HRT is and the different age ranges and effects menopause can bring.  Secondly we look at taking some of our ‘power’ back for women working within the NHS, the effects of imposter syndrome and the positive aspects and the true power of women in their daily roles.

(The term “women” used for this session refers to people affected by perimenopause and menopause including non-binary, transgender and inter-sex community)

This session is presented by Jacqui McBurnie who works tirelessly in her work around the menopause.   Jacqui is the CHAIR OF THE NHS ENGLAND/IMPROVEMENT MENOPAUSE GROUP, member of the Cross Govt Menopause Network Exec Steering Committee and winner of the 2019 Civil Service Health and Wellbeing Award

 

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in menopause, or creating an inclusive workplace, including women, employers, HR Managers/Officers; equality leads, staff networks, wellbeing officers; senior managers and representative groups.

 

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.

Empowering Women and the menopause

“Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”

 

Going through the menopause can affect predominantly women at all ages and have devastating effects on their physical, mental, and emotional health.  In this one-hour session from 12.30 to 13.30 firstly we look at the basic understanding of what menopause and HRT is and the different age ranges and effects menopause can bring.  Secondly we look at taking some of our ‘power’ back for women working within the NHS, the effects of imposter syndrome and the positive aspects and the true power of women in their daily roles.

This session is presented by Jacqui McBurnie who works tirelessly in her work around the menopause.   Jacqui is the CHAIR OF THE NHS ENGLAND/IMPROVEMENT MENOPAUSE GROUP, member of the Cross Govt Menopause Network Exec Steering Committee and winner of the 2019 Civil Service Health and Wellbeing Award

 

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in menopause, or creating an inclusive workplace, including women, employers, HR Managers/Officers; equality leads, staff networks, wellbeing officers; senior managers and representative groups 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.

A conversation with… Alexandra Coull and Laura Mills about Job Sharing and Flexible Working

Have you ever thought about job sharing or flexible working?

Join us for this interesting conversation with Alexandra Coull, Head of Business and Finance and Laura Mills, Director of Operational Finance – Midlands who both work within NHS England and Improvement for a look at how job sharing and flexible working has worked for them in juggling busy careers and home lives.  This one hour virtual event provides a presentation and chance for questions and discussion to see how job sharing and flexible working might work for you.

Who should attend?

Anyone working within the NHS in the Midlands.

Is there a cost to participates ?

No, there is no cost associated with this event.

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.

Protected: Visible Leaders Network – NETWORKING LEADERSHIP IN ACTION EVENT

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Midlands Visible Leaders Network – NETWORKING LEADERSHIP IN ACTION EVENT, which takes place on Monday the 14 February 2022 from 13:00 – 17:00. This preludes a year of masterclasses, development opportunities and networking.  

As a network primarily aimed at developing Black and Ethnic Minority staff into leadership roles, we have an exciting agenda planned.  You will hear from amazing leaders in this field and have an opportunity to attend two taster masterclasses, which will give a flavour of further masterclasses planned for 2022. 

Our agenda for the afternoon is as follows: – 

 

13:00 – Welcome – Diana Belfon (Co-Chair of VLN)

13:05 – Sponsorship from the Midlands Leadership & Lifelong Learning – Dr Clare Price-Dowd (NHSE/I – Head of Leadership and Lifelong Learning)

13:15 – Leadership in the NHS – A Lived Experience – Dame Elizabeth Anionwu

14:00 – COMFORT BREAK

14:10 – Impact of Staff Networks – Dr Habib Naqvi (Executive Sponsor)

14:30 – Introduction to ‘Masterclass Taster Sessions’

14:35 – ‘Masterclass Taster Sessions’

Masterclass Taster Workshop 1 – ‘Breaking the glass ceiling’ –  Morvia Gooden (NHSE/I Senior Programme Manager Inclusive Leadership)

Masterclass Taster Workshop 2 – Identifying your USP and how to make the best of your branding? – Ian Phillips (People Opportunities)

15:45 – COMFORT BREAK

15:55 –  Plenary Workshop: How can NHS Employers support you in your leadership journey? – Paul Deemer (NHS Employers, Head of Diversity and Inclusion)

16:30 – Next Steps – Shahnaz Aziz  (Co-Chair of VLN)

16:40 – Evaluation / Feedback via Slido & Word Cloud – NHS Elect

16:50 – Closing Comments – Dr Habib Naqvi (Executive Sponsor)

17:00 – EVENT CLOSED

 

Speakers 

       

     
Diana Belfon  

Co-Chair – VLN 

Equality & Engagement Manager Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

 

 

 

Shahnaz Aziz  

Co-Chair VLN 

Patient Public Leadership & Equality Lead at East Midlands Academic Health Science Network 

 

 

Dr Clare Price-Dowd D.H&SCP, MA, BA(Hons), RGN, RHV 

Head of Leadership and Lifelong Learning – Midlands  

NHS England & NHS Improvement 

 

 

Dr Habib Naqvi  

Director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory

NHS England 

Executive Sponsor of the Visible Leaders Network 

       
Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu  

DBE, CBE, FRCN, FQNI, PhD 

 

Paul Deemer 

Head of Diversity & Inclusion  

NHS Employers 

Morvia Gooden 

Senior Programme Lead – Inclusion & Systems Leadership – NHS National Leadership Academy 

Ian Phillips 

People Opportunities 

Who should attend? 

Only members of the Visible Leaders Network may attend.    

Is there a cost to participants? 

No, there is no cost associated with this event. 

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.

A conversation with… Julie Neethling around Menopause

Julie Neethling works for the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO), which is the third largest workforce in the NHS, covering 14 Allied Health Professions, based in the National Medical Directorate.

I have been fortunate to be part of our set up of staff networks, and seen introduction of new ones, such as the Menopause Network.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you on my personal journey with the menopause, let’s talk/explore the subject together and find out what is available to support you.

Take a short break, enjoy your lunch and a drink and join either with or without being on screen.

This one hour  session will provide a chance to have an informal discussion and to explore the subject together, Julie will share her thoughts of her own personal journey and offer some suggestions of what is available to support you on your own journey.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in the subject around the Menopause within the NHS.

Is there a cost to participates ?

No, there is not cost associated with this event.

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.

 

Celebrate Black History Month conference 2021

Black History Month: Race Ahead

Join us for our 2021 Black History Month event to celebrate, empower and embrace the talents of Black colleagues in health and social care across the all the 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 all year round, BHM gives us a focus for celebration, learning and reflection.

The NHS is the biggest employer of people from diverse backgrounds in Europe. The significant contribution of Black 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 celebrating 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.

See this link for the Bio’s of our speakers.

Who can attend the programme?

All NHS staff.

Is there a cost to participates?

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

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.

Join us for the other Black History Month Events:

Webinar 1: (11th October 13.00-14.30) – Actions and interventions that better support and improve the lives of Black colleagues

Webinar 2: (19th October 13.00-14.30) – Leadership that makes a difference

Webinar 3: (26th October 13.00-14.30) – Lived experience of Black colleagues and the Impact of Allyship

Black History Month Event – Lived experience of Black colleagues and the Impact of Allyship

Race Ahead: Big Conversations on Race and Allyship

NHSEI Midlands invite you to join us this October for Black History Month 2021.

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.  Recent significant events have really turned the spotlight on the current depth and breadth of racism across the world. So, this year’s Black History Month is more important than ever, but it’s not just a month, it is a year-round acknowledgement.

In line with the Midlands Regional Workforce, Race Equality & Inclusion Strategy we want turn the tide of racism together and educate, support and challenge ourselves and our colleagues.

We are holding a series of three webinars to aim to share lived experiences and highlight changes that have, should or are in the process of happening. These events are an opportunity to hear from Black colleagues about what more they need others to do in standing up to racism.

Webinar 3: Lived experience of Black colleagues and the Impact of Allyship

26th October 13.00-14.30

At this webinar you hear from Black colleagues who been active in educating their white colleagues and developing allyship. They will share the impact of their lived experience of working with an ally as well how their journey has helped tackle issues of racism by educating allies in having difficult conversations about race.

Who should attend?

Anyone working within the NHS in the Midlands.

Is there a cost to participates ?

No, there are no costs associated with this webinar.

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.

Join us for the other Black History Month Events:

Webinar 1: (11th October 13.00-14.30) – Actions and interventions that better support and improve the lives of Black Colleagues

Webinar 2: (19th October 13.00-14.30) – Leadership that makes a difference

Webinar 4: (27th October 14.00-16.30) – Midlands Celebrates Black History Month Conference 2021

Gypsy, Roma and Travellers – Education and Awareness for reducing inequalities

What is it about?

In discussion with community, regional and national people, and Friends Families and Travellers FFT, a  2 hour virtual event  has been organised to raise awareness of the issues and inequalities experienced by this community. This event follows on from the Launch event on 7th of April where FFT delivered an education and awareness event on the needs of Gypsy Roma Traveller communities.

Who can attend?

40 people from across public and non public organisations that includes individuals, managers, executives covering a wide spectrum of public agencies and voluntary, community and neighbourhood groups.

This event is suitable for senior system leaders – Chairs, CEOs, ICS leads; Local Authority, Equalities Leads, Communications and Engagement Leads, statutory area  across protected characteristics, charities; senior system leads with active involvement in equalities, Education, Police and Fire service

How is it run?

Virtually via zoom.

Please note: 

If we over subscribe, we may limit the number from any specific organisation.

Black History Month Event – Leadership that makes a difference

Race Ahead: Big Conversations on Race and Allyship

NHSEI Midlands invite you to join us this October for Black History Month 2021.

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.  Recent significant events have really turned the spotlight on the current depth and breadth of racism across the world. So, this year’s Black History Month is more important than ever, but it’s not just a month, it is a year-round acknowledgement.

In line with the Midlands Regional Workforce, Race Equality & Inclusion Strategy we want turn the tide of racism together and educate, support and challenge ourselves and our colleagues.

We are holding a series of three webinars to aim to share lived experiences and highlight changes that have, should or are in the process of happening. These events are an opportunity to hear from Black colleagues about what more they need others to do in standing up to racism.

Webinar 2: Leadership that makes a difference

19th October 13.00-14.30

The burden for tackling racism must not be on Black people. Too often we have seen that racism is an issue for those being abused to solve. This is wrong. At this webinar you will hear from Executive Leaders on how they have used their leadership to support Black staff to drive improvements on racial justice.

Who should attend?

Anyone working within the NHS in the Midlands.

Is there a cost to participates ?

No, there are no costs associated with this webinar.

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.

Join us for the other Black History Month Events:

Webinar 1: (11th October 13.00-14.30) – Actions and interventions that better support and improve the lives of Black colleagues

Webinar 3: (26th October 13.00-14.30) – Lived experience of Black colleagues and the Impact of Allyship

Webinar 4: (27th October 14.00-16.30) – Midlands Celebrates Black History Month Conference 2021