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The BME Network @UHMBT endeavours to create a supportive working environment and policy framework for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff while also encouraging all staff within the trust to understand the needs of our BME community.

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Our Aims

  1. To work with the trust to eliminate discrimination experienced by BME staff and to promote general equality of opportunity. Our aim is to improve our Workforce Race Equality Standard metrics every year until the experience of BME staff at UHMBT is no different to that from other colleagues.

  2. To influence policy making and monitor existing policies to ensure that the BME equality perspective is proactively considered.

  3. To provide a support function to colleagues, through the development of virtual networks and meetings, where issues can be openly discussed. Some support may involve signposting staff to external services or staff side representatives.

  4. To provide confidential support and advice to all staff, not just those whose may identify as BME.

  5. To develop and maintain a virtual network that provides support and promotes diversity generally within the workforce.

  6. To support the trust with the training of staff at all levels so they can better understand the perspective and needs of BME staff and service users.

  7. To gain and share an understanding of the experiences of BME staff and service users, and highlight any health inequalities that influence service delivery. 

  8. To celebrate the diversity of the workforce by participating in national and local events such as community events and national BME initiatives.

  9. To promote the service as a healthcare provider and employer within the local BME communities.

  10. To promote opportunities for social networking. 


In November 2015, UHMBT signed a formal partnership agreement with BAPIO to work together to improve the employee experience of all BME staff. The Trust works with BAPIO nationally and locally, with an active branch of local representatives. Local branch Lead:


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Our BME Network Leads


Dr Marwan Bukhari


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Lakshmi Patil


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