October marks Black History Month, an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of Black people here in the UK and internationally. It’s also a chance to promote and extend equality and diversity for all.
Moorfields Eye Hospital has a diverse and inclusive workforce and continues to provide support for its staff and patients, regardless of their background.
“One of the reasons I am so passionate about this hospital is that the people I work with are incredibly diverse in their backgrounds and are caring for an incredibly diverse population, of which I am proud to have been a part all my life.
“Moorfields staff, from some of our most senior executive leaders, to those delivering care; whether pushing the boundaries of science or keeping the services and facilities ‘on the road’, represent the most diverse hospital workforce in London, and one of the most diverse in the NHS. That makes me feel very proud and also very lucky,” says David Probert, chief executive, Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Eye care for BAME communities
As part of Moorfields commitment to ensure equality for all, a number of initiatives have been put in place to improve staff and patient experiences, including the launch of an eye care education initiative for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
Run by Roxanne Crosby-Nwaobi, head of research nursing at Moorfields, Eye Care – be aware aims to increase awareness of eye conditions and the importance of screening in BAME communities. It’s also providing training to ‘sight champions’ to empower people to take control of their health and well-being.
Moorfields also hosted its first inclusivity hackfest this year, which generated innovative ideas from staff to progress its Building Leadership for Inclusion agenda. A peer mentoring scheme ‘Moor-in-Vision’ is being established as a result of this session, providing staff across the organisation with opportunities to identify mentors and other staff to share experiences with.
Staff can also become a part of the BeMoor network, Moorfields race and nationality staff network, which aims to promote awareness and provide support.
What Black History Month and BAME awareness means to me
We caught up with some of staff to talk to them about Black History Month and BAME awareness. Watch our short films to hear their experiences of working at Moorfields and being a part of the BeMoor network.
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